• Teach This Poem – Academy of American Poets

     

    The Academy of American Poets

    A great resource for anyone in creative bibliotherapy! I wanted to share their news of an award they just received and just rejoice in their merits, what a great poetry organisation!

    The 2018 Award for Innovations in Reading Prize for Teach This Poem.

    I used this resource not to teach a poem in a school setting, but to discover a new poem and get hints about how best to use it with the group – whichever group I happen to be working with.

    When I select poems to bring to a group, I use a few resources, the main one my own memory.I connect a few poets, themes, and the muse provides something too..

    Imagination brings it home and I have a session usually with 5 or 6 pieces and exercises for people.They will be the planned content for my Wee Read expressive reading and writing sessions, that usually last about one and a half to two hours.But things can often change from the plan. That depends on who is there,- how I feel, or, what I intuit from the feel of the group. It’s not an art that is easily taught. Practising it is the only way to get the hang of it I think.

    Another great source from the Academy of American Poets that really helped me to build up a store of poets and poems I can use is the ‘Poem a Day’. You can sign up for a daily poem sent to your email inbox. Worth it just for a bit of inspiration!  When you are starting to facilitate poetry sessions, you want to have plenty of resources to have at hand. So a daily reading schedule for yourself is a big help, and the daily poems from the Academy can be a great boost as well.

    Just as I was browsing there today, I see a celebration of Walt Whitman’s birthday by Allen Ginsberg  

    A double-dunt as we say in Glasgow.Enjoy reading and browsing this brilliant website, plus it has audio and videos.

     

    Walt Whitman

    One’s-self I sing, a simple separate person,
    Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.
    Of physiology from top to toe I sing,
    Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the
    Muse, I say the Form complete is worthier far,
    The Female equally with the Male I sing.
    Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,
    Cheerful, for freest action form’d under the laws divine,
    The modern man I sing.

     

     

     

  • Happy New Year for 2018

    ME N MUM SEPT 17Hope you are loving life as it should be.For the first time I am going away to a retreat for New Year. My mother died recently and she always favoured a Scottish Ne’erday over Christmas.I will read some Burns for her at oor ceilidh.

    I ventured onto the website issuu.com and published a wee introduction to bibliotherapy. I have been asked to talk about it to Napier University staff in January and previously gave this outline also at Napier in October.

    Looking forward to going there, then on Burns birthday I go to the Scottish Parliament as Maggie’s Lanarkshire have been invited to a reception with the health minister and others. Spreading the message of how writing and reading is good for you!

     

    Aye Best,

    Christine

    Wee bit of The Star O’ Rabbie Burns by Robert Thomson

    To sweep the strains o’ Scotia’s lyre
    It needs nae classic lore;
    It’s heart o’ pith and native fire
    That warms the bosom’s core.
    Let kings and courtiers rise and fall,
    This world has many turns,
    But brightly beams, abin them all,
    The star of Robbie Burns.

     

  • Scotland – Exploring Our feelings

    Wee Read took a theme of Scotland to The Maggie’s Lanarkshire this week.

    Christine at The Maggie's

     

    I was stretching myself to bring more prose readings to the group and chose Carol Craig’s book ‘The Tears that made the Clyde’ . This looks at possible influences on the current health behaviours that produce the so-called Scotland Effect and Glasgow Effect. In this book, we heard about some of the history of the  Glasgow shipyard workers :their patter, their humour, their harsh working conditions. We had a lively discussion about all these things bringing in our own memories and family histories.

     

     We then explored the poem ‘Scotland’ by Hugh MacDiarmid.  He is a poet often described as the most influential Scottish poet of the 20th century. And a bit scary to me, because such a large presence is difficult to bring to the the table when ye don’t really know his work that well. However this short poem was accessible and we could all relate to it and express our passionate feelings for our country.  It was a discussion that brought our group together.Great getting to know each other better in this way, safe, confidential, honest talk!Thanks to everyone there.More to come!

    MacDiarmid

  • Writing in Glasgow- new groups at the Kibble Palace!

    Scribble in the Kibble
    Writing for Health & Wellbeing
    in the Kibble Palace – Glasgow Botanic Gardens
    Many people find using journals, poems and words helps them to understand and find new ways of coping with stress and illness. Lapidus Scotland offers writing workshops which are open to all abilities. They are mostly about ‘getting things down on paper’ and not worrying too much about spelling and grammar.A useful way into writing can be through keeping a journal, as it can provide a private place to express thoughts and feelings.
    In Writing for Health and Wellbeing we explore the ways in which words and writing can inspire and help us through difficult times and beyond.

    dates for workshops Autumn 2017
    Monday 9th 16th 30th Oct, 6th 13th 20th Nov
    12:30 to 2:30pm
    Further information and to book a place
    tel. 0141 946 – 8096
    email: lapidus.scotland.1@gmail.com
    (limited to 8 people)NB. There will be more workshops in January

    The Botanics Project is a project about listening to the stories of others. When we choose to listen we keep another company and share a journey for a brief time, walking side by side, seeing the world through their eyes.  Using sound as a medium we can share those stories, walking while listening to a sound-walk we are keeping company with another, hearing their inner world, seeing their interpretation of it as we view their images in film accompanying their words.

    Using the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, the Kelvin walkway and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum as our ‘gallery’ we will create a site-specific sound-walk and videos about living with and supporting those with cancer and the role of the natural world in that context.

    The project came about as a result of my own battle with advanced breast cancer and a major operation a few years later connected with it, which I thankfully recovered from. During this time we each started to create audio diaries and small videos enabling us to listen and understand how the other felt, keeping each other company and supporting each other at a difficult time.

    Angelica Kroeger

  • Wee Read Summer Events 2017

    Express Yourself this Summer!

     

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    Wee Read presents 2 afternoon workshops exploring poetry and writing with Christine Cather.

    Venue- Glasgow Buddhist Centre Library, 329 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3HW 

    Saturday 10th of June 1.30 – 4.30pm

    Saturday 24th of June 1.30 – 4.30pm

    Christine reads poems by great published authors. Then uses Natalie Goldberg’s free writing approach, to get you writing whatever you wish!  Please come, to explore and express yourself in a conducive space. The selection of poems and writing are chosen to inspire a heartfelt response.

    There are no rules!

    Whatever you write is right!

    Beginners and experienced writers are welcome! Christine will be reading aloud from poems and books by some of the great writers. We will have a wee chat about what the words mean to us, followed by a little writing to timed exercises. Everyone can join in as much or little as they wish.

    Cost £10/£6 Concession

    Hippeastrum-Picotee

    Christine Cather is a poet and a Buddhist. She leads therapeutic writing groups in Maggie’s Lanarkshire and Clydesdale Esteem mental health support group. She has been writing and working to develop bibliotherapy across Scotland for several years.

    We need 8 names to run the event, please book here:

    Christine Cather at Wee Read contact christine@weeread.scot.uk  or Tel 07952 982868

     

     

  • Wee Read is spreading itself about!

    Wee Read is offering free taster sessions to the community groups around Glasgow and Lanarkshire!We will bring stories, poems and activities to suit your needs.Sharing a story is easy with Wee Read, it is an informal blether group with a topic to talk about.Contact us at:christine@weeread.scot or on 07952 982868!

    Reading for wellbeing + writing for self-expression= Happy faces !!

     

     

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    You can really surprise yourself when you try a wee bit of writing- a new world opens up!!

     

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  • Wee Read Writing Group at Lanark MOVING TOMORROW

    Weeread2ndlot (26 of 30) (480x640)The Wee Read writing group that used to meet at The Hope Cafe Lanark – will meet tomorrow at 2-3.30pm at the office of Peer Lanarkshire, at 38 Greenside Lane, Lanark, ML11 7PY . This is at the top of Wide Close, diagonally opposite on Greenside Lane, number 38 is near the far end,- so a wee walk.

    It is a really nice space, –  just right to write in! Come and join us for £2 donation to cover costs. We’ll be having a chat, hearing poems and writing away the summertime blues!

    Call Christine if lost 07952 982868.

    Let’s keep connecting with some words for wellbeing and a good blether!

  • 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.

    After So Much happiness, by Naomi  Shihab Nye

     

    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.

     

    Here are some photos of the day.

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