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Lapidus News

From the words for wellbeing association

Attending the National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference

This year I was a first time attendee at the NAPT Annual Conference and this was my first time in America. The theme of the conference was Poetry Therapy in a changing world: Pathways to Growth, Healing and Social Justice and was held at the Conference Centre in Chaska, Minneapolis.

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Writing for Wellbeing Taster Session with Claire Williamson

Claire will be running small group taster sessions in writing for wellbeing at the Chepstow Therapy Rooms. The group will be trying out writing exercises that promote a positive and healthy wellbeing in a nurturing and friendly environment, with the possibility of starting a monthly group.

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Writing as Alchemy

 

Writing as Alchemy: a nourishing & inspiring weekend retreat, tapping into the elements, your self and your potential for transformation through the use of poetry, creativity, meditation and woodland walks.  Set in the beautiful countryside of North Shropshire.  

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The Hoodlums Launch Event Report

Lapidus South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (The Hoodlums) were established in January. We applied for a small grant to enable us to put on a launch event in order to publicise the group and attract more members.

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Writing, Coffee and Conversation

Date: 4th May 2018

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.” Aldous Huxley

Let's get together, tap into our creativity and discover more about ourselves through poetry, self-reflective writing and conversation.

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Book Review: Poetry and Dementia, by John Killick

Book Review: Poetry and Dementia, by John Killick, published by Jessica Kingsley, 2018,

ISBN 9781785921766, £16.99


I was fortunate to hear John Killick’s address at the Breathing Space conference held at Snowdonia in November 2017. He began by talking about the fashion in contemporary poetry for obscure meaning and identified a trend towards more accessible, more natural writing, arguing that there is greater value in what has clarity of meaning. He allied himself with Peter Elbow’s approach to language and the application of speech to writing, as described in Peter’s book, Vernacular Eloquence.  Indeed, he refers to Elbow’s work in his postscript in Poetry and Dementia, published by Jessica Kingsley, 2018, when he discusses the quality of the language of people with dementia, describing it as ‘the Poetry of Natural Speech’. 

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A Day of Words for Wellbeing, 9th June - Lapidus London

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week, Lapidus London is pleased to be offering a day of workshops at Conway Hall on Saturday, 9th June 2018. The day will offer ways to experience words for wellbeing from different facilitators and will provide an opportunity for the initiated and the curious alike to express themselves through the spoken and written word.

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The Power of Re-Writing Your Life

This weekend, a good friend of mine attended the first-ever Stockholm Writers Festival, where Jessica Lourey was a guest speaker. Ms. Lourey, an author and writing facilitator, has a moving story about the role of stories in her life – specifically, how re-writing your most difficult moments can bring a new perspective, closure, and freedom.

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Perfectionism

I’m a notebook freak.

I buy them whenever I come across them. Spiral-bound or stapled; hardcover or soft; all sizes, shapes, and colors; extra points if the cover makes me laugh. I prefer them with lines: pale blue tracks that route my train of thought, long corridors where my words run like the bulls in Spain: coursing, angular, driven.

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Interview with Tony Page - Secret Box: Searching for Dad in a Century of Self

Tony Page has used his experience as a chartered psychologist to craft an interesting psycho-history of his family secrets. Secret Box: Searching for Dad in a Century of Self, is published this month by Telling Stories. He spoke to Barbara Bloomfield about dads, families and the craft of memoir.

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We are in Print!

Exciting news! Read all about it!
 
Lapidus International is moving forward! We are now happy to announce that our Journal is now for sale in print and can be bought through Amazon for £9.99.
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Calling All Poets: Peace and Palindrome

Calling all Poets!

 

Peace and Palindrome

A poetry writing workshop at

Canada Water library, London SE16


Saturday April 21st 1.30-4.30pm

A small low cost workshop for both new and experienced writers of poetry, facilitated by Alison Clayburn, a poet and fiction writer with thirty years tutoring experience.

This workshop will focus on a topic: peace and then a particular form of poetry: palindrome

 

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True Stories Live - Events in 2018

There's a number of exciting events being held in Norwich by True Stories live this year. Check out their flyer below, and learn more about what they are up to at truestorieslive.co.uk

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New national alliance for Culture, Health and Wellbeing launches in Birmingham

An alliance of cultural organisations from across England launches a new national body to develop and promote the role of arts and culture in supporting the country’s health and wellbeing (launch 13 March 2018).  

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Beyond Text Workshop 2018

Thursday 22nd March 2018, 09:30 - 16:00

Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester CH1 2AR

The Beyond Text team invite practitioners and researchers from all disciplines to attend an exciting open workshop at Storyhouse, which will support participants to conduct high quality arts-based research, assessment and evaluation through practice.

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Introductory Workshop Day on Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

These 1-day workshops give participants the opportunity to explore the personal and professional qualities involved in the practice of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.

Participants will be invited to engage in creative writing exercises and also to respond to their experience in plenary sessions with peers and tutors.

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Running Writing Groups and Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

Below is information about two online courses, run by the Professional Writing Academy, titled Running Writing Groups and Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing.

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Opportunity - The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance are looking for a new Director

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Advertisement and key information: 

DIRECTOR of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Part Time, 3 Days a Week

SALARY: £40,000 per annum pro rata

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 25th March

INTERVIEWS: 25th April The Thackray Museum, Leeds

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from Scribbles to Publication

Monica Suswin has published two of the books in her series of four mini-books on creative therapeutic writing: A Fox Crossed My Path and Love & Loss (due out this spring). She very kindly wrote this piece for us about her experience writing the books and the process that led to their conception. 

Writing is generous in its wisdom 

(from one of many freewrites)


Fifteen years ago my writing was squeezed into short bursts of time, often on the back of envelopes. Although I’d already gained an MA in Creative Writing at Sussex University (2002), and was part of a vibrant writers’ group of poets and novelists, at home I had a teenage daughter, and elderly parents (living a couple of hours away) who were increasingly needing attention. I was an avid scribbler, but didn’t fully dare to call myself a writer.

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New Opportunity with Lapidus International

Contract: “Researcher & Project Coordinator (Project Year 1)”
 
Lapidus International is expanding its research arm, and was recently awarded a TS Eliot Foundation Grant to investigate an International Creative Practice for Wellbeing Framework (ICP4WF). The ICP4WF is to support practitioners in developing their practice and expand the reach of promising practices globally.
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