• Storycoach Michael Williams

    Are you thinking about writing your life story again, or rewriting something traumatic that still affects your behaviour?There are various ways to do that.

    Later this year I will do some rewriting on the mental health stigma that happened to me and other people.

    I was reminded of a session by Michael Williams, where he led transformative storytelling  at a Lapidus event in Glasgow. He is a great talent and a gift to us all. He used the ancient Greek chorus technique. This means that you tell a group about your traumatic event, then they choose a sentence of your own words and repeat it back to you. I told about a traumatic event in my life- causing a fire in a friend’s house where me and my two kids were staying. This had been about twenty years before, and since then,  I had always felt  guilt, blame and shame. My story that I constantly repeated in my head was :

    ‘I could have killed my children’.

    At the transformative storytelling group, the people who spoke my words back to me then went further and told me what a positive thing I had done. That I was a hero, I saved them, I got them out.

    I broke down and wept.

    The story became:

    ‘I saved my children from the fire.’

    and this literally changed the story I had told myself  and do tell myself.

    The relief and the spaciousness that opened up inside of me is strange and amazing.

    I would love to work with Michael again, to share his talents for others’ benefit.

    Have a look at his website !





Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.


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