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Research Symposium

We are happy to announce our Lapidus Research Symposium, which will take place in Chester at the Storyhouse Theatre on the 27th July 2018!

This symposium will explore current research that is going on in the field of words for wellbeing and promote discussion around the topics presented. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a research consultation and have your voice heard in TS Eliot foundation funded research that Lapidus International is currently undertaking with Chester University.

Timetable for the day:

10am: Introduction – Lapidus International Director of Research: Simon Poole

10:30am – 12:30pm:

Consultation Workshop: Generating a Creative Practice for Wellbeing Framework

This practical workshop, supported by the TS Eliot Foundation, is a creative and appreciative inquiry which will help generate the first international practice framework and practice guides for practitioners involved in the broad sphere of words for wellbeing practice. The workshop will explore and develop a practice framework to help generate a practical resource for effective, safe and ethical practices across different settings.

The workshop is open to words for wellbeing practitioners and other stakeholders. Join us to:

  • ·Shape and influence the future of words for wellbeing practices
  • ·Expand your awareness of effective, safe and ethical practices from across fields
  • ·Learn about emerging expectations and standards across fields and settings
  • ·Learn and feel part of a longer term consultation processes

12:30pm – 1:30pm: LunchHand Writing

1:30pm – 2:15pm: Applied Fantasy and Wellbeing: Workshop - Anna Mackenzie

Applied Fantasy is a term coined by Anna Mackenzie as a new approach to promoting positive mental health through inspiration for coping strategies within fantasy and science fiction literature and media. Prompted by the APPG report Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing (2017), Applied Fantasy recognises the importance and influence of private leisure activities including reading and watching fantasy and science fiction upon personal mental health. At the intersection of literature and media, mental health, and fan studies, Applied Fantasy is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive approach to wellbeing through the lens of fantasy and science fiction. Drawing on practices within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, approaches to Autistic Spectrum Disorder, depression and anxiety, effective coping strategies are manifested in a number of fantasy and science fiction works. This workshop will highlight the background to Applied Fantasy, its theoretical context, and existing complementary research, in addition to a series of case studies elucidating how the approach works in practice.

2:15pm - 2:30pm: Comfort Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Research share- Lightning talks

What is a Lightning Talk? You can find out from Wikipedia right here.

Share research that you are currently undertaking in the field of words for wellbeing in a 5 - 10 minute talk. The aim of this is to get a feel for what research is going on in the field at the moment, and to promote discussion around these topics. If you would like to do a lightning talk at this event, please contact Richard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, organisation/universitytitle and a 50 word abstract of your research topic.

3:30pm - 4:00pm: Questions and discussion

Lunch Tickets:

£10 – Lapidus Members -  

£15 – Non-Lapidus Members -  Buy Now

£0 – Consultation only (no Lunch provided) - If you would like to only attend this event for the morning consultation, please request a consultation-only ticket by emailing Richard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.