• 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

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  • Wee Read at The Hope Cafe Writing for mental wealth on Wednesday 5th August 2015

    We gathered  inspiring quotes from people and added into a word cloud to remind us. This week, we had a couple of new members. Hearing voices speak from the heart is inspiring.Some really moving writing thanks to everyone who came!

    Here’s a selection of what we did:


    We read Mary Oliver, The Summer Day,
    I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
    into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
    which is what I have been doing all day.
    Tell me, what else should I have done?
    Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    With your one wild and precious life?

    The poem is available here:Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
    Then, we wrote about what we would do with this wild and precious life…
    Later we spoke about writing something for our booklet for October’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Passion is the theme for the festival, so we had a shot at writing our words that we associate with passion.
    Here is my starter list of words:

    Try it! Write a simple list- if you want to, you can start with one of these words or not – whatever you write is right!
    Then write your own list of words that you connect with passion.
    You can have many passions in life – not just one!
    The group came up with:
    the elements
    If anyone has a bash at this above exercise or has any ideas for a jazzy title for the publication of photographs and poems Festival please let me know!



    We also read Ellen Bass’s the Thing is and used our mantra “dot dot dot” to write in response to it…
    The Thing Is
    To love life, to love it even …
    when you have no stomach for it

    when grief weights you like your own flesh
    only more of it, an obesity of grief,
    you think, How can a body withstand this?
    Then you hold life like a face
    between your palms, a plain face,
    no charming smile, no violet eyes,
    and you say, yes, I will take you
    I will love you, again.
    Ellen Bass

    (Source: punch-in-the-face-poetry)