This was a creative writing and wellbeing project funded by Liverpool NHS Clinical Commissioning group in 2015 engaging 16 local residents in regular creative writing workshops. The focus of the project was personal loss and those involved produced written and artistic responses that were moving and expressive, touching and dignified.
The project included 8 creative art sessions with poet and artist Maria Isakova Bennett, 19 creative writing sessions with Visiting Writer, Aileen La Tourette and Pauline Rowe, 2 performance and expressive workshops with performance artist Lorena Rivero de Beer and an author visit from Professor Deryn Rees-Jones. We used 2 project books - And You, Helen by Deryn Rees-Jones and Strands by Jean Sprackland.
Responses from participants included the following:
“An interesting group – friendly and helpful. I have always come away from the workshop having learned something of interest and feeling very relaxed.” Thelma T
“I’ve really enjoyed this group – the Jean Sprackland book, especially and the relaxing visualization at writing –and the colourful art work.” Brenda
“An increasing sense of companionship, support and appraisals (the latter non-judgemental) – new horizons – weekly commitment.”
“Tuesday in Tuebrook. A light out of the tunnel of sadness, a great creative group to be part of.’ M.G.
‘Being able to have the books to take home has been very inspiring and inclusive. Enjoyed the diversity of subjects – encouraged as well.” Julia P
For writing from project see here:http://elegies2015.blogspot.co.uk
Project recruitment information:
If you’re interested and willing to join the project you don’t have to be skilled at writing. We will support you in developing your creativity. We will share 20 weekly creative workshops, using a range of inspirations (including poetry, lyrics, music, prose and talks from guest speakers) to understand elegy as a cultural artistic response to loss and separation. We will also make a collective work of art together in response.
Elegies are poems of loss and mourning that have been written for centuries as a way of publicly acknowledging the human emotion and suffering associated with loss, change, death and grief. But loss can be about many things including losing one’s sense of self or identity. Engaging with poetry can assist us in understanding ourselves and our own pain; it also helps in reaching out to others.
Workshops will be held every Tuesday between 10 am and 1 pm at the Christ Church Hope Centre, Buckingham Road, Tuebrook starting on 3rd February and finishing in June. There will be an opening morning for people to enroll on 27th January 2015.
Project Lead is Pauline Rowe with Visiting Writer Aileen La Tourette and Project Support Assistant, Maria Isakova Bennett.