Burnout, Overload and Resilience

In preparation for our creative writing activities, you can find resources on burnout, overload, stress and resilience below. For photos and a summary of our creative workshop held on 14 June 2024, please visit our Blog.

Dr Sally Flint

Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Exeter; co-founder and editor of Riptide Journal.

Hannah Berry, Comics Creator

Award-winning creator of graphic novels and former UK Comics Laureate 2019-21, Hannah Berry, has collaborated with Reading Bodies to illustrate our research theme of Burnout, Overload and Resilience. You can read Hannah’s comic on burnout and resilience in creative industries commissioned for our project here: The Best Job in the World!

Prof. Katharine Murphy

Associate Professor in Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Exeter

Dr Daniele Carrieri

Lecturer in Public Health, University of Exeter Medical School

Daniele leads ‘Care Under Pressure’: an interdisciplinary research programme that aims to understand the causes of mental ill-health and well-being in health professionals. You can find examples of Ian Williams’ graphic illustrations for their project here: Cartoons > Care Under Pressure (

You can also find an animation by Matilda Tristram and Ian Williams about workplace stress and the value of meaningful connections here.

Dr Kayleigh Darch

Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Teacher.

Kayleigh’s article for Reading Bodies reflects on stress and resilience from a psychologically-informed perspective. Read more about Body and Mind Therapy.


On the benefits of reading for wellbeing and bibliotherapy in the community, take a look at Exeter City of Literature’s Bibliotherapy Skills programme.