• The Wee Read at Hope Cafe Lanark writing group- new dates, new venue!!

    Now we are settled at the new venue Greyfriars Church Hall, on Bloomgate-  here in Lanark, here are our next dates.We meet on Wednesdays 2-3.30 pm, for listening and chatting about poems and stories, that help support our well-being. Everyone is welcome.No experience is required, come and try! £2 charge to cover costs.

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    Please note this week, May 25th and  next week, 1st of June, we are NOT ON!

    HOPE CAFÉ WRITING GROUP 2016

    at GREYFRIARS CHURCH HALL

    Greyfriars Church Hall Enter by gate before Main Church with wheelchair access.

    WEDNESDAYS at  2-3.30PM
    25-05-16 and 1-06-16 – BREAK FOR 2 WEEKS  

     

     

    JUNE-JULY Wednesdays 2-3.30 pm

    08-06-16
    15-06-16
    22-06-16
    29-06-16
    06-07-16
    13-07-16
    BREAK FOR 2 WEEKS
    AUGUST-SEPTEMBER
    03-08-16
    10-08-16
    17-08-16
    24-08-16
    31-08-16
    07-09-16
    BREAK FOR 2 WEEKS
    SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER
    28-09-16
    05-10-16
    12-10-16
    19-10-16
    26-10-16
    02-11-16
    BREAK FOR 2 WEEKS

     

    Contact Christine Cather 07952 982868 christine@weeread.scot

    www.weeread.scot

     

  • Braw Blether at Horizons Recovery Cafe, Dalkeith Baptist Church

    JEAN AT HORIZONS RECOVERY CAFE BRAW BLETHER DALKEITH BAPTIST CHURCH DALKEITH HORIZONS CAFE DALKEITH RECOVERY CAFE CHRISTINE AT HORIZONS BRAW BLETHER HORIZONS DALKEITH HORIZONS RECOVERY CAFEOn Fridays, Wee Read is now at Horizons Recovery Cafe for a Braw Blether.This is delivered by Wee Read for Midlothian Libraries service! It is in a lovely, bright, welcoming space in the hall at Dalkeith Baptist Church in North Wynd, Dalkeith.I recommend the home-made soup! All are welcome to join us, to share reading, to listen and chat about our stories, wi’ a wee bit ae’ writing as well eh?

    I love the  Midlothian accent, and the people who volunteer and attend the cafe are friendly to all, including a  Lanarkshire-cum-Weegie like me.

    Last week we did a poem from Emily Dickinson and  ”Choose Life’ from Trainspotting. This week we heard from Rumi- The Guest House, which a participant brought with her, and happens to be one of my favourites. Then we heard the Sound of Silence. It was great to explore the song’s lyrics, without the noise of the music which almost hypnotises you to just sing it.

    Hello darkness, my old friend,

    I’ve come to talk with you again…

    Next Friday we’re going to hear from Dylan Thomas, and Bob Dylan among others.

    It’s a Braw Blether!

     

  • Wee Read at The Hope Cafe news!

     

    The Hope Cafe in Wide Close, Lanark closed this week, with a final fiesta.However, the organisation continues, with the Stonehouse Hope Cafe, fortnightly on Thursdays  and the Bun and a Blether. I was lucky to get a new venue for the Wee Read expressive writing group at Greyfriars Church. So, it’s the end of one era, the beginning of another…

    I wrote a wee poem for thr Hope Cafe final fiesta.

    Hope

    What it means to me

    is Life!

    What it says to me

    is Home.

    Who I meet here

    are friends.

    Who I meet here

    are Family.

     

    Hope we’ll keep life

    Hope we’ll come home

    Hope we’ll stay friends

    Hope our family

    stays strong!

    I also took an existing poem, and changed one word throughout, using Hope in the place of Happiness.

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    It is difficult to know what to do

    with so much hope.

    With sadness there is something to rub against,

    a wound to tend with lotion and a cloth.

    When the world falls in around you,

    you have pieces to pick up,

    something to hold in your hands,

    like ticket stubs or change.

     

    But, hope floats,

    It doesn’t need you

    to hold it down.

    It doesn’t need anything.

    Hope lands on the roof of the next house singing,

    and disappears when it wants to.

    You are hopeful either way.

    Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful … house

    and now live over a quarry of noise and dust

    cannot make you unhopeful.

    Everything has a life of it’s own,

    it too could wake up

    filled with possibilities

    of coffee and cake,

    and love even the floor

    which needs to be swept…

     

    Since there is no place large enough

    to contain so much hope,

    you shrug, you raise your hands,

    and it flows out of you,

    into everything you touch.

    You are not responsible.

    You take no credit,

    as the night sky takes no credit for the moon,

    but continues to hold it,

    and to share it,

    and in that way,

    be known.

     

    After Naomi Shihab Nye, So Much Happiness.

     

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  • April activities at Wee Read

    Spring begins!

    What a nice start to Spring for us this past week, with  Maggie’s writing group at Monkland’s Hospital, which was beautiful as ever. However, we do need some more people to come along. So, if you or anyone you know has been affected by cancer, you can call the Maggie’s Lanarkshire to talk and register to join the writing group. We meet every 1st Tuesday of every month at 1-3pm.

    Comments are that it is relaxing  and therapeutic, and some people who thought it may not be for them have come and got a lot out of it.

    Then, back to Hope Cafe after a fortnight off.It was so good to meet new faces back in the old space on the ground floor of the Cafe again.It went very well with some deep discussion and writing about Spring poems and recovery stories.

    We go to Horizon’s Recovery Cafe in Dalkeith starting next Friday, 15th so looking forward to that!

    I have been accepted to train as a See Me Local Community Champion, and will be starting on Tuesday this week, so it’s new beginnings this month.

    Words and Spirit

    Adrian Bailey, one of the directors of Wee Read, is planning to deliver a new course at Stonehouse Hope Cafe on ‘Literature and Spirit’ and it sounds like that will be a  very thoughtful course. I am also doing a Wee Read at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre in May which I am really enjoying preparing. Picking poems, discussion points and writing prompts to use for reflection on how we can use writing to deepen our knowledge of ourselves and our inner processes.

     

  • Scottish Book Week Starts!

    The great Scottish book week started today.See the website for all this week ‘s action!

    Plus, there are events and  online activities, plus free book to everyone on the Scottish Book Trust Website

    I am looking forward to an event called Reading, Writing and your Health: Journeys in self-management.

    This event is organised by the Alliance, discussing the effects of Reading on the self-management of health. A topic close to my heart! So I am off to Auld Reekie tomorrow to the wonderful Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

  • Wee Read’s latest words that heal – 13th October 2015

    Maggie's wall  (9)Start of the autumn in Maggie’s expressive writing group at Monklands Hospital campus in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.All are welcome to come and try!

    Whatever you write is right.The next group meets on Tuesday the 3rd of November.

     

     

    Yesterday and today I have been privileged to work with some young people who are part of the RSNO chorus, for the creative festival ‘To Absent Friends’ at The RSNO Centre, The Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow. We were fortunate to meet Mr Raymond Williams and his stories were inspiring and entertaining.The love of music runs through these sessions and the parallels with poetry are conspicuous.I am looking forward to developing the writing today!Great to see my good friend, Margot Henderson storytelling at the Festival on 1st November.

    Tomorrow is the See Me, Read Me, writing group to stand up to the stigma handed out to people with mental health issues.All welcome, at The  Hope Cafe, Lanark  for 6 Wednesdays from 2-3.30 pm.cannot wait to get stuck in!

  • See me, Read me – 6 sessions at The Hope Cafe 14th October

    See Me, Read Me!

    Wee Read

    A six weeks course of reading and writing in which we challenge mental health stigma.

    Starts Wednesday 14th

    October at the Hope Café,

    8 Wide Close,

    Lanark

    2 – 3.30 pm

    Join us to share stories, poetry and writing.

    This is a FREE course. Please book a place by calling 07952 982868

    email christine@weeread.scot

     

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  • See Me Reception Evening at The Scottish Parliament 17th September

    SEE ME READ ME

    My first visit to the Scottish Parliament last night was memorable. The first person I met was a mother who had lost a child to suicide. This was the second mother met in a week who had both lost a young woman. There are no words. But I did have a conversation with them. The prevention or ability to talk about suicide more freely is one of my main motivations in delivering this work. I think some people who consider killing themselves, would benefit just from talking. Samaritans were fantastic for me when I was struggling with suicidal thoughts.
    I hope that Wee Read reading and writing groups offer that kind of lifeline, as well as something more. A chance to express what you are unable to say, a chance to talk about emotions, moods, feelings. A chance to use the imagination, to hear beautiful words, to think differently.

    Last night I networked in this fantastic building, full of magic windows; inspiring; encouraging; hopeful. It was strange that it was the eve of this referendum anniversary that I was there. It is a hopeful place. I met two MSPs, a former SNP press office worker and a mixture of great people from the See Me team.
    I found the name of my project title, it is: SEE ME, READ ME.
    So look out for a new page here with news of this exciting project fighting discrimination and taboos about mental illness.

  • Wee Read at The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2015

    I am excited to announce my Wee Read event at the festival on Friday the 16th of October in Hamilton.

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    The poetry of Sylvia Plath and
    Maya Angelou is the starting point
    for this workshop, which explores
    writing about mental health stigma
    in a supportive environment.

    Be inspired, talk about the way it is
    and let your voice be heard!

    Fri 16 Oct, 2–3pm
    Hamilton St John’s Centre,
    Duke Street, Hamilton ML3 7DT
    Free / Booking required
    Booking: 07952 982 868
    christine@weeread.scot

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