A wealth of events, courses, training, workshops and meetings are happening across the UK – from writing with refugees, the elderly and families to new ways of engaging with stories and poems. In healthcare, education and the community we are working with writing and words in ways which inspire, connect and promote communication, physical and emotional health, and enjoyment.
Whether you want to write creatively yourself or use writing in your work with others, Lapidus: the Writing for Wellbeing organisation links you to the information and networks you need.
Lapidus promotes writing and words for wellbeing through its work with other organisations and support of its members who are interested in, or working with others to encourage, the use of writing for health and wellbeing.
The Lapidus Journal provides insights into the writing activities of poets, writers and facilitators working in diverse settings from prisons, to schools, to hospitals, to the community. It also debates the ways in which writing contributes to the wellbeing of indviduals, groups and communities.
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In this issue
LAPIDUS JOURNAL November 2014: Writing Place, Space and Landscape for Wellbeing.
Welcome to the Autumn 2014 edition of Lapidus Journal which comes from Scotland. We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to bring you news of all that’s happening here around words for wellbeing.
The main focus of activity for Lapidus Scotland this year has been our Awards for All Scotland-funded project ‘Writing Place’ exploring how creative writing, reading and storytelling can help us to understand how place effects our wellbeing. We hope you will find ideas and inspiration in the accounts of some of the writing and reading workshops that have been delivered, and in the reports from our bibliotherapy toolkit day, facilitator training and creative writing sessions with nursing students.
To celebrate the rich diversity of words for wellbeing activity in Scotland, we’ve compiled a News in Brief section. Here you’ll find information on a wide range of projects, programmes, workshops, groups, and resources, including a powerful personal testament to the power of expressive writing. The power of writing and reading to heal is also demonstrated in Helen Lamb’s absorbing account of her work with Open Secret, a counselling and support service for adult survivors of childhood abuse.
The routes into working with words for wellbeing are equally diverse as you’ll see when you delve into ‘Getting Started’. We asked a wide range of writers and storytellers in Scotland to tell us how they got started – their responses make for fascinating reading.
We have rounded off this Scottish edition with reviews of four books which we think you will want to add to your bookshelf.
Larry Butler and Philippa Johnston