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Edmund de Waal: People need to connect with their hands and to make things

Making things is a positive move that can help people’s mental health and children should be encouraged to do more of it, artist and writer Edmund de Waal has said.The 57-year-old, a potter for more than 50 years, described being made a CBE for services to the arts as “extraordinarily surprising”.He collected his honour from the Duke of Cambridge in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.He and William talked about how “making things and mental health does connect you to the world in an extraordinary way”.They spoke about throwing pots and “why it is good for you”, Mr de Waal said.“It...
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Edmund de Waal: ‘If I need to forget everything, I read Lee Child. Honestly’

It’s never one book. I am now liberated from reading about Paris so I’m finishing Hermione Lee’s great biography of Tom Stoppard and feeling exhilarated by the stretch of ideas within it. I’m on the last chapters of Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds and don’t want it to end. And I’m deeply moved by Durs Grünbein’s Porcelain, his paean to the destruction of Dresden, translated by Karen Leeder. I didn’t know his poetry and have become an evangelist.
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