The Lapidus Journal is included in the annual membership fee of £30 and published online three times a year

Autumn 2013 Issue out now!

What's on

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 words and writing in ways which inspire and connect, encouraging communication, physical and emotional health, and enjoyment. 

Whether you want to write creatively yourself or use writing in your work with others, Lapidus Words for Wellbeing, is the organisation linking you to the information and networks you need.

Lapidus promotes 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.

What’s On   find out

Recent News

How will Lapidus develop as an organisation?  Options Paper January 2014 here.

The annual LAPIDUS WEEKEND and AGM in Bristol in October brought a gathering of Lapidus members to hear poet Matt Harvey, author and grief educator Ted Bowman and six more speakers addressing diverse aspects of Words for Wellbeing including Hip Hop, poetry therapy, writing humour and working with multiple abilities. To find out more go to Lapidus Weekend.



In this issue

LAPIDUS JOURNAL AUTUMN 2013:  Collaboration is the theme of our Autumn issue of the Lapidus Journal. Highlights of the buzzing and highly successful International Conference for Culture, Health and Wellbeing in Bristol are shared by two of our members who were inspired by innovative and provocative insights into practice, policy and projects around the world.  

The NAWE/Lapidus retreat – which will be open to members again next Spring – provided a wonderful environment for writing at the Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre in north Wales. It shows how collaboration between organisations can promote the wellbeing and creativity of groups – as after all, writing is not only the pursuit of the individual writer but dependent on a vast array of networks and social conditions too. 

Fiona Owen and Meredith Andrea tell us how their collaboration Screen of Brightness came about through a meeting and conversation.

And experts in related fields Channa Cune, Catherine Meads and Josie Billington explore three perspectives on writing and reading for wellbeing and share their insights.




wendy French Tracey Baines Christine Bousfield Channa Cune Fiona Owen Meredith Andrea Josie (Rachel) Billington Annie Barratt Catherine Meads Nikki Bennett Barbara Bloomfield Sue Spencer Larry Butler Louise Green Graham Hartill Ilaria Cover