Ep 2. Sonya Tsakalakis: The courage of Charlotte Mew

This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Melbourne-based bibliotherapist Sonya Tsakalakis about Charlotte Mew’s poem The Call.

Describing Mew’s life as ‘tragic’ doesn’t quite cover it. She lost family members to physical and mental illness, struggled against Victorian values as an all but closeted lesbian, and ended her life alone. Yet this poem is anything but tragic – it’s stirring and strangely timeless.