Writing to Heal

Fri 12 August 2022 - Sun 14 August 2022
Tutors / Damian Gorman & Patrick Jones
Course Fee / From £350 per person
Genres / FictionHealth & WellbeingNon-FictionPoetry
Language / English

In painful or challenging times in their lives many people look to writing for solace and comfort. We often turn to the writings of others at such times, but might we also turn to our own writing for a measure of peace? Can writing enable healing in the wake of grief, loss or tragedy? As Mary Oliver said, “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination”.

In this relaxed and supportive weekend of workshops, readings, and discussions we will explore the redress afforded by the craft of creative writing when we are in need of words that are “strong enough to help” (Giorgos Seferis). This course is suitable for writers of all genres, including poetry, prose, and non-fiction. And is, perhaps, especially suitable for COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 times.


Damian Gorman

Damian Gorman is a writer and encourager of writing in other people. A poet and playwright born and reared in Northern Ireland; he now lives in west Wales where he has worked with writers in Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Since the mid-1990s he has worked with people from conflict zones such as Northern Ireland and the Middle East, using writing as a tool of understanding. He has also facilitated writing workshops with many community and mental health groups. His work, and service to the arts, has garnered awards as diverse as a Better Ireland Award and an MBE; a Golden Harp and a BAFTA. In August 2019 he was appointed a Fellow of the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights, and an International Resident Artist at the Theatre Peacebuilding Academy.

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones is a poet and playwright based in Blackwood who has worked widely in community and health settings. Currently a Writer-in-Residence with The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales, he has worked with the Forget Me Not Chorus, whose members are individuals living with dementia, on a book documenting the members’ most precious songs and the stories behind them. Patrick has worked with Mind Cymru, The Samaritans, the Welsh Refugee Council and Velindre Hospital on many health and well-being projects. His recent publications include My Bright Shadow (Rough Trade Books, 2019), a poetry collection exploring grief, loss and love and Fuse/Fracture (Parthian Books, 2021)

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