PAST PROJECTS

As well as the projects below I am also a former Literature Development Officer for Nottingham City (2000-2008), a post in which I organised many community projects and events, including the annual Poetry in the City Festival. (2003-2007).

St Martin's Church, Bilborough 2016-2017

Writer in Residence at the church, creating the book Hidden Treasures: A Labour of Love, about the major restoration of the church, and working with writers in schools and community.

Beyond Words 2014                     

 

 A project facilitating creative activity for the elderly at Chesterfield and Brimington Care Groups, through discussion, reminiscence, and writing communally and individually.

Carers' Breaks 2012-2013

Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing sessions for full-time Carers in Derby City who needed to take a creative break from their caring role.

First Story

Two year-long Writer Residencies in two secondary schools in Nottingham City.

RECENT PROJECTS

Care to Write

 A group of Derby City Carers with whom I produced the book, From Small Seeds (2013), and who delivered a public performance of their work, related to their experience of caring, at Derby Quad, in 2016.

 

 

Derbyshire Children's Homes 2012

Writer in Residence at Children’s Homes in Ilkeston and Swadlincote, working with children to create a book of their writing for the respective Homes.

Year-long Writer Residencies in two secondary schools in Nottingham City – Ellis Guilford and NUSA Samworth Academy, resulting in the launches of two books of writing – Writing for Cake, and A Collection of Contradictions.

Derbyshire Wellbeing Project 2008-2010

Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing sessions for Mental Health service users in libraries across Derbyshire.

Co-ordinator for New Perspectives’ project with writers and asylum seekers in Nottingham secondary schools.

Asylum Seekers into Schools Project 2000

Co-ordinator of this Millennium project, across the district, working to create and promote poetry with a number of community groups and organisations, including MIND.

Newark and Sherwood Millennium
Poetry Project 2000

Eckington We're All Write Group

A writing group focussing on mental health and wellbeing,

for whom I facilitated monthly writing sessions.

Open Doors

An organisation which takes Creative Writing into prisons,

and of which I am the current Chair, previously co-ordinating  writing workshops at HMP Sudbury and HMP Foston.

COMMUNITY

WRITING

Writers themselves have always known that there are therapeutic benefits to be derived from the process of writing … Creative writing is now generally recognised by many mental health professionals as an important and valuable component in a therapeutic plan …

(Writing Well: Philips. Linington and Penman, 1999)

 

Creative Writing can be rewarding for anyone, including those with little previous experience, and can be particularly useful in improving and maintaining mental health.

 

I specialise in bringing Creative Writing to a number of different groups, with a focus on writing for wellbeing. I am available for workshops and projects for any organisation involved in the Arts or Health and Wellbeing, or both. I received an Honorary Masters degree from Derby University  in 2014 for my work with Writing and Wellbeing in Derbyshire communities.

 

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