Graham Hartill is a writer in residence at HMP Parc and teaches on the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes for the Metanoia Institute. A co-founder of Lapidus, the UK-wide organisation for creative writing and wellbeing, in 2013 he was the first writer-in-residence at Swansea University College of Medicine. His books include Cennau’s Bell (Collective Press, 2005), A Winged Head (Parthian, 2007) and Chroma (Boiled String / Hafan Books, 2013). He has written papers on holocaust survivor testimony, writing in health and social care and medical humanities, and is the co-translator of several collections of Chinese poetry.
Writing for Health and Wellbeing
This course will explore the potential of creative and expressive writing to promote our own, and others’ health and wellbeing. The course will draw on your own experience to explore the different ways writing can be used to reflect deeply on life experience, in sickness and in health, and to bring these findings to others, whatever their ability or experience.
The course will be of interest to both beginners and experienced writers, as well as medical and healthcare professionals, counsellors, therapists, social workers, librarians, academics, teachers, service users and service providers in a variety of health and therapeutic environments. We will work to develop a supportive, joyful and safe context for exploring writing and our lives. Certificates of attendance for this course can be provided.
Victoria Field writes poetry, fiction, drama and memoir and works as a poetry therapist. She mentors trainees for the long-established International Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy which offers formal, regulated qualifications in Poetry Therapy. She has used creative writing and reading in many health and social care settings, including hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes and libraries. Victoria has co-edited three books on therapeutic writing, most recently Writing Routes (JKP, 2010), and contributed chapters and articles to many others. Her most recent poetry collection The Lost Boys (Waterloo, 2013) won a Holyer an Gof Award. Her fiction has been commissioned for Radio 4 and a memoir, Baggage: A Book of Leavings, was published in 2016. www.thepoetrypractice.co.uk
Educated at Oxford University, Rachel Kelly began her career at Vogue and went on to spend 10 years as a journalist at The Times. She now campaigns to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Her memoir about her experience of serious depression, Black Rainbow, was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. She has also written about how a holistic approach has helped her recover: her second book on wellbeing, Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness, is an international bestseller and has been published in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.