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Stephen Fry praises poet shining a light on NI's mental health crisis

"Earth To Alice" is a one-woman show which starts tomorrow at the Fringe and runs for 8 days straight. The Belfast-born creative says she was delighted to see Mr Fry highlight her work, especially when both of them are so passionate about improving mental health provision for those who need it most. Read more: Niall Horan chats to delighted fans at Belfast City Airport The famous TV presenter, writer and actor described Alice as one of the "growing list of wonderful young poets coming from Northern Ireland.

""I've been coming to Edinburgh for 14 or 15 years as a punter and to help put friends with their shows," she told Belfast Live. "I just thought with the film being out and everything now's the time to do this. "The film Alice is referring to is a 15-minute short she created for the BBC, which ties in her show with parts of her own life story.

Alice is completely open about her own mental health journey, having been diagnosed with Bipolar One. "Over the past five years, I've been in psychiatric hospital five times, including two times last year," she said. "The point at which I made the film last year was when I had just come out of hospital so it couldn't be more authentic.

"I had been in psychiatric hospital when I was 18 and got the bipolar diagnosis, so I've had this condition my whole adult life. "Talking to Alice, what shines through is her determination not to simply be filed away or defined as the "bipolar poet", but rather to use her experiences in a more nuanced way to call for change for the better in Northern Ireland. "If there's one thing I've learned is that it's not the condition itself that is the most challenging part, it's how you are treated," she said.

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