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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

I am currently involved in projects with:

Care to Write

A group of Derby City Carers with whom I produced the book, From Small Seeds (2013), and who are now working on a public performance of their work, related to their experience of caring.

Eckington We're All Write Group

A writing group focussing on mental health and wellbeing, for whom I facilitate monthly writing sessions.

Open Doors

An organisation which takes Creative Writing into prisons, and of which I am the current Chair, co-ordinating current writing workshops at HMP Sudbury and HMP Foston.

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).

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' Book Project 2013-2014

Leading an intensive 12-month project involving six Derby City full-time Carers, writing and creating a book about their caring experiences, From Small Seeds.

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.

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.

Asylum Seekers into Schools Project

2000

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

Newark and Sherwood Millennium
Poetry 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.