Lapidus Chair: Clare Scott is a writer in Wales who has been focusing on psychogeography and our relationship with the natural landscape as part of her Creative Writing PhD. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has been writer in residence for a National Trust venue. Her career has included work as an educational specialist (autism), social work and sexual health.
She has trained in counselling and is a poetry therapist in training with iaPOETRY, delivering writing for well-being with community organisations and individuals. She has coordinated learning support provision (including the mental-health service) at a University, developing projects, monitoring and evaluating the service and setting up a conference.
Lapidus Treasurer: Liz Ottosson is a writer and translator who has lived in Sweden and Australia as well as London, but is gradually making her way home to her northern English roots. Her stories focus on connection and memory, both lost and found, and have been published in various anthologies. In 2016 her flash fiction, “Grace”, about Grace Darling, won the Segora International Vignette Competition.
Other passions include music, although her music taste is mainly stuck in the 1990s. She is a firm believer in the power of music and words to heal many wounds and inspire new ways of living in our alienating, crowded and divided modern era.
Director of Research: Simon Poole- As a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Children's Services I lecture across the arts and am deeply concerned with cultural education.
More specifically I have lectured at a number of institutions on Music Practice, and also Music Technology as a discrete subject, but also within the context of education; due in the main to my experiences within the Music industry as a singer, songwriter, producer and record label owner (soil records), and of course my time as a Primary and Early Years teacher. In all, I have been song writing, singing, recording and releasing music for 25 years; I’ve now written a total of 7 albums and as a loose kite I'm still writing today.
Director of Groups/Secretary: Barbara Bloomfield has been a couples and family counsellor and supervisor for more than 20 years. Before that, she had a career as a journalist in newspapers and the BBC. She has worked in China and Central America as a foreign correspondent for radio stations and has written four books about relationships. She taught creative writing part time at Bath Spa University and this year was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to work with couples and families affected by autism, in Brisbane, Australia.
Barbara enjoys being the Lapidus Director of Groups and hopes to meet more Lapidus members on her travels this year. She is always inspired by the creativity and variety of our work and by our practitioners and their many ways of bringing together creativity and mental health. She runs creativity groups in Bristol and all over the UK. www.barbarabloomfield.com
Words for Wellbeing Specialist – Francesca Baker is a word lover passionate about creativity, connection and communication. She uses her journalism, marketing and research experience to help Lapidus connect with individuals and organisations. You can read more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk
Membership, Communications & Events Coordinator – Richard Axtell is a graduate of Cardiff University where he read an MA in Creative Writing. He has been published in The London Magazine, has ghostwritten a selection of children’s novels and was a writer in residence at Cardiff MADE café. Still residing in the Welsh capital city, Richard spends his time writing children’s stories, playing his ukulele and hunting dragons in the park. His most recent claim to fame was coordinating the Lapidus/Metanoia Institute joint conference, Creative Bridges. He is currently focussing his energy on running the Lapidus social media and ‘info’ email address. Don’t be afraid to say hello!