• Hope Cafe Reading and Writing Lanark and Stonehouse

    Lanark

    Today, we will meet at Greyfriars Church Hall on Bloomgate, Lanark, ML11 9ET. We begin at 2 until 3.30 pm  with a cuppa, for an expressive writing group. So, what do we actually do?-

    Well, first- you need NO experience of reading or writing at all!  We will hear a poem or story, have a chat about it, and then I give a wee exercise or writing ‘prompt’ so we can spend a few minutes writing whatever  we want. There is no need to share if you don’t want to – whatever you write is right.It is informal, friendly and easy-going.Everything is confidential.

    This is about safely expressing how you feel about the poems and stories I bring. One participant has said that the structure of the short writing exercises is very useful- it gives you a chance to think, to stop thinking about other things- and is a good distraction.

    Everyone can write-but if you want to just come and listen, that’s fine too!

    We will share some great poems and stories today, including Chekhov and Denise Levertov, here’s a wee taste:

    “One morning-and so soon-the first flower

    has opened when you wake.Or you catch it poised

    in a single, brief

    moment of hesitation.”…

    Extract from The Metier of Blossoming, Denise Levertov.

    Hippeastrum-Picotee

    Please join us each Wednesday for the next 6 weeks, for a wee read, some company, and a bit of writing. £2 to cover costs.

    *****************************************************

    Stonehouse

    Tomorrow, on Thursday 9th of June, Wee Read’s volunteer co-director Adrian will be at the Stonehouse Hope Cafe to explore Literature and Spirit. This is about sharing reading aloud, and chatting about the stories and poems.

    So, please join him in the Cafe at St.Ninian’s Church, at 11-12 – free!Here is a link to his latest blog, about nature and the environment – Mountains of the Mind Enjoy!

    “Some of the best writing on the human spirit is found in nature writing, travel writing, writing that focuses on extreme battles with elements…”

    Summer is full of the joys and it is a chance to get out and feel the world flourishing, with bees buzzing, butterflies roaming and branches forming dens. Go out and get the fresh air if you can, breathe new life into your lungs!

  • 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.

    Greyfriars Church (1)

    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

     

  • Exciting training events all over Scotland!

    Words Work Well Training in Bibliotherapy

    Lapidus Scotland invites you to Bibliotherapy Trainings Scotland-Wide during June 2016. Participants will learn about leading therapeutic creative reading and writing sessions for individuals and groups in various settings. Training will also refer to Lapidus’ website http://wordsworkwellscotland.co.uk/ – a bibliotherapy toolkit for facilitators.

    Poems, images and conversation in creative communication with people who have dementia
    Facilitator Paula Jennings. 2- 5pm, 6th June, Conference Room, Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB. With input from library staff on the Dementia Library. click here to book

    An Introduction to Bibliotherapy for Writers and Storytellers
    Facilitators Larry Butler and Valerie Gillies. 10am – 4pm, 8th June, Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.
    click here to book

    Choosing Reading Material and Facilitating an Expressive Writing Group
    Facilitators Jayne Wilding and Maureen Sangster. 2pm – 5.30pm, 13th June, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG. Click here to book

    Treasures in the Chest & Lifelines
    Facilitators Mandy Haggith and Margot Henderson. 10 – 2pm, 18th June, The Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness IV1 1LS.  click here to book

    How Reading Informs Writing
    Facilitator Helen Lamb. 1.30 – 4pm, 20th June, The Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow G40 1B.
    Click here to book

    Strengthening Facilitators’ Skills
    Facilitator Liz Niven. 1.30 – 4pm, 23rd June at University of Glasgow, Rutherford McCowan Building,
    Room R127, Crichton Campus, Dumfries DG1 4ZL. Includes informal time for questions and networking.
    Click here to book

    This development opportunity in creative facilitation is for those that work in health and social care settings, mental health centres, prisons, libraries, in education and community arts. It will also appeal to storytellers, writers and those promoting staff well- being in workplaces.  All are welcome, those experienced in facilitation and those new to the experience.
    Cost £25 for day long training: £10 for half a day plus Eventbrite booking fee.

     

    Lapidus is supported by Awards for All Scotland, Creative Scotland and Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Fund
  • 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!

     

  • 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.

  • Words Work Well Toolkit

    The Words Work Well bibliotherapy toolkit for practitioners is much improved and ready for use! Enjoy!Please add comments and if you notice gaps, we are looking to continue adding more examples of good practice!
    http://wordsworkwellscotland.co.uk/

    Includes a video of Ted Bowman introducing stories and creative bibliotherapy.

  • 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!

  • Writing group at The Maggie’s Lanarkshire

     

    Maggies Lanarkshire Writing group 007Wee Read will begin a new expressive writing group at The Maggie’s Lanarkshire at Monklands Hospital. We had a lovely taster session in June and I am delighted to be back here for a monthly writing group starting on Tuesday, 6th of October. where we can express our feelings in whatever way possible!Please contact the Maggie’s Lanarkshire to book, at

    Maggie’s Lanarkshire
    at The Elizabeth Montgomerie Building
    Monklands Hospital, Monkscourt Avenue,
    Airdrie
    North Lanarkshire
    ML6 0JS
    Tel: 01236 771199
    Fax: 01236 771190
    Opening times
    Monday – Friday
    9am – 5pm

    From website  “Last year Maggie’s received 125,000 visits and supported over 25,000 people newly affected by cancer; among our visitors 99% found the support we offer helpful.”

    Everyone affected by cancer is welcome to join in a monthly group in this comfortable and beautiful setting.  We will explore poems and stories and write some of our own in a friendly environment.

    Contact the Maggie’s to book for monthly group starting on Tuesday, 6th of October from 11 am to 1 pm, Tel: 01236 771199     Email   lanarkshire@maggiescentres.org

     

     

     

     

  • Wee Read at Words Work Well Weekend September 18th

    Words Work Well

    Reading, writing, storytelling, new friends!
    I spent last weekend on the best writing weekend ever. It was at Whatton Lodge in Gullane. With some old friends, Larry Butler, Ted Bowman, Valerie Gillies who were leading people like me who try to be better at facilitating the healing words work that we all do all the time.Organised by Lapidus Scotland, it is part of the project to bring training in bibliotherapy, using words for wellbeing, to Scotland. See more

    This useful  toolkit will soon be used to train new and current facilitators of groups – please let me know if you are interested!

    The setting was glorious and gave us a space where we found treasures, words to express our feelings and heartfelt stories for the future. We came together to play, learn and simply share ourselves.
    Thanks to everyone who was there- I am sure we are all reaping the fruits and benefits of that experience. It was like a cornerstone to start my autumn, my favourite season.
    We explored the new Words Work Well Toolkit – a great collection of useful experiences of using words for wellbeing across Scotland.

    I came to Gullane from Edinburgh – Embra-in Lanarkshire dialect. From my evening at the Scottish parliament where I met fellow travellers in the See Me campaign to wipe out mental health discrimination. I found the name of my local community innovation project – See Me, Read Me!Thanks to Eleanor Ogilvie and Laetitia Jan for welcoming me to this new circle of friends.
    See more

    It’s great for me to belong, to share a vision – to speak openly about our mental illness experiences and especially the taboos that end some people’s lives in suicide.

     

  • 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.