• Maggie’s Lanarkshire Expressive Writing Group

    Tomorrow, we read and write together at the Maggie’s Lanarkshire. We have the luxury of a beautiful space, where the style is unique and very comfortable. We need a few more people to come and enjoy a shared experience of listening to poems and having a go at writing. No experience is needed, just bring yourself.

    There’s always a cuppa and a welcome face at the kitchen table.

     

     

     

     

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    If you are affected by cancer or have cancer, please contact any of the gorgeous staff on 01236 771199 for details.We meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month between 1pm and 3pm.
    You will be very welcome!

  • Happy New Year!

    Welcome to 2017! Wee Read has had a longish holiday and we’ve been busy with a new grandchild for Christine, and adapting to a house move.

    I thought I would keep you up to date with what is happening now.

     

    What we are doing now:

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    Wee Read@Lanark Writing Group, at Esteem Clydesdale 38 Greenside Lane,  Lanark ML11 7PY. We meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm-3.30pm. Christine is leading this group but due to the distance of travel to Lanark from Glasgow, is looking at getting support in co-leading it.This is a voluntary position, however it offers a chance for practising with a peer mentor.If you are interested, please contact me at christine@weeread.scot 07952 982868

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    What else?

    WeeRead@Stonehouse Hope Cafe, St. Ninian’s Church, Vicars Road,  Stonehouse ML9 3EB.

    Fortnightly meetings on Thursdays from 11 am-12.30

    (Please note that due to refurbishment there are no meetings in January 2017)

    Adrian leads a reading group with a spiritual context, with discussion on the big issues, of life, death, and living well.

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    Christine also does a monthly expressive writing group at The Maggie’s,  for anyone who has been affected by cancer. It is usually on the first Tuesday of the month, from 1-3 pm.For January and February 2017, it will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10th January and 14th February.

    Contact their staff to join:  01236 771199

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    Comments from our our writing and reading groups’ participants:

    “Christine, THIS is my therapy!”

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    “It’s good to be able to talk without feeling the stigma of having a mental illness”

    “It is confidential so ye feel safe.”

    For more information, please contact us at christine@weeread.scot, 07952 982868

  • Wee Read Autumn new beginnings!

    What a week! I made a new start at the Maggie’s Lanarkshire and it is a joy to write and listen to each other in such a lovely environment. Please come along- we will do a group on the first Tuesday every month (except December 8th).Maggie’s is for anyone and everyone affected by cancer.So if you have a desire to explore the changes that living with cancer brings to you please drop in and try.Or, pop in and book with the Maggie’s staff, tel 01236 771199 email  lanarkshire@maggiescentres.org -There’s always a welcome and a cuppa for you – and often cakes!

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    Then, yesterday 8th October was National Poetry Day see here for my poem I added …

    I was lucky to be invited to meet two fellow librarians at Hillhouse Library, to arrange some See Me, Read Me sessions. We will do the first one on remember, remember…the 5th of November see event details here…

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    The second one will be on the 3rd of December, come along to explode the myths about mental health and stigma. Challenge the stereotypes!See Me funds the See Me, Read me project.

    It’s aw’ go! Get involved! Anyone who wishes to send me a poem or a contribution please email me at christine@weeread.scot

    Enjoy Autumn falling all around you.

  • First writing group at Maggie’s Lanarkshire

    Our first expressive writing group session was on a bright sunny morning in this gorgeous building.Seven of us met to write about our origins, share our stories, and listen with heart to readings from William Stafford, among others.  We also picked a picture from a selection of cards, and then went off solo to find a spot and write about what it meant to us.

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    I love this building and I found my quiet spot in a wee dookit, that sits right beside the kitchen, at the centre of it. It is like a well of light that you step into with no roof- only sky straight above, with the crows flying past and almost coming into the room with you.

    The writing flowed and we chatted about anything that came up in a gentle, supportive setting.The two hours flew by quickly and I look forward to being there in the future.

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