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Thirteen Ways of Writing Family

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Thirteen Ways of Writing Family

It was a pleasure leading a workshop on writing about family with Bilston Writers. Members of the group brought family photos, old or new, to use as a prompt for writing the unseen, unheard, perhaps unspoken stories around the edges of the photograph. We also wrote imaginatively, bringing alive the unrecorded lives and lost stories glimpsed in our family trees. Finally, we took inspiration from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens. Borrowing a word or phrase from each section, we wrote tiny snippets about family, which Ros Woolner has edited into this lovely piece, Thirteen Ways of Looking at Family. Thanks Ros and all...

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Writing and Creativity Outdoors

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in Front Slider, News and Projects | 0 comments

Writing and Creativity Outdoors

Writing about being human outdoors in Martineau Gardens’ lovely green space. Two halfday sessions 10.30-12.30 on Sat 13th July and Sat 14th Sept. You can book tickets for either or both sessions at www.writingandcreativity.eventbrite.co.uk...

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Echo Eternal film released

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Echo Eternal film released

So proud of this film, just released by Echo Eternal, directed by Sima Gonsai. It was a privilege working with pupils from Nansen Primary School in July 2018, when we made an echo in response to the story of Marcel Anisfeld, a Holocaust survivor. The children made a wonderfully  human response to Marcel’s story, writing, making, exploring, and working with textiles with artist Benny Semp to make the huge banner which also features.

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Creative writing for personal development

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Creative writing for personal development

It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self – DW Winnicott. I’ll be offering a short course in Creative Writing for Personal Development with Writing West Midlands, five Wednesday evenings starting on 16 January 2019. More information and booking here  

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City of Stories

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

City of Stories

It started as a project, and became a passion, gathering stories from people living in ExtraCare Villages in Birmingham. Working with Geoff Broadway, we invited residents to share their memories and tell their stories. We’ve created a beautiful book sharing the astounding diversity of lives lived faraway and on our doorstep. It is so moving, hearing people retell the things that capture the essence of their lives.

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Echo Eternal: Children making a new response to Holocaust survivors’ stories

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Echo Eternal: Children making a new response to Holocaust survivors’ stories

Echo Eternal is a wonderful project working with Holocaust survivors’ stories. Children and staff at Nansen Primary School came in every day in the first week of the summer holidays to make a creative resonse to one survivor’s story. Our focus was passing on memory ‘L’dor va dor’, from generation to generation. We worked in Nansen’s Forest School area, planting tree seeds to make a new generation of trees. These Muslim children explored links between Islam and Judaism, and thought about how we can all question intolerance and challenge hatred to prevent it happening again.     Here is some of the collective writing by this group of...

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