Toni Hurford is an emerging poet and writer from northeast England. A survivor of the mental health system, she started to write poetry when completing a MA in counselling in 2004. Toni was happy and lucky to find Survivors’ Poetry, who mentored her towards a pamphlet that’s become a book, A Staff of Asklepios, her debut collection, forthcoming with Survivors’ Press. Toni blogs and publishes occasionally with Disability Arts Online and is grateful for their support and encouragement. She maintains her own blog (https://ablindcatchinthesun), where you can find further details of published work and plenty of poems.