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The Black Dawg: An Illustrated Poem About Depression and Hope

By Louis McIntosh and Illustrated by Kathryn Hockey

The process of writing and illustrating The Black Dawg poem has helped us both to recognise, understand and explain what we go through when we are depressed.

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Louis says “I am motivated by a passionate need to articulate depression and diffuse the stigma around it and I hope that fellow sufferers will recognise their symptoms and realise they are not alone. I also hope that reading The Black Dawg may help friends and family to better understand the dark journey that their loved ones take unwillingly.


 “There are many, many verses and the good news is that it does brighten up for the second half as I want to show that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train but Hope.”

The vibrant, evocative artwork enhances and dramatises the rhythmic and potent prose.


Kathryn says  “I have often found particular comfort in the first person descriptions of other people’s depressive episodes and how they rode them out. Because it is such a confusing, frightening and isolated state there’s something incredibly reassuring in finding out that 'it’s not just me'."



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