Christine Cather is the Digital Editor for Lapidus, watching over our social media, blog, newsletter and journal. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with anything you would like to promote. Christine is a poet and librarian, a Buddhist and Granny. She developed bibliotherapy in NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with the Lapidus Scotland regional group from 2009-2015.She founded Wee Read Community Interest Company last year and facilitates reading, writing and wellbeing groups.See more at Wee Reads' website here.
Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, facilitator and educator, based in Bristol and is the Membership Secretary for Lapidus.
His background is in TV and radio production for the BBC, working on a broad range of literary, feature and poetry productions. He has written science dissemination in the commercial sector, as well as for the Guardian Family section and BBC News Online. His education work has been in settings with vulnerable young people (or those with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)), in Pupil Referral Units - including teaching for Kids Company until its closure this year.
Caleb has worked as a freelance poet, practitioner and facilitator, for organisations including The Poetry School, The University of Bristol Centre for Public Engagement, Bristol Natural History Consortium, East Street Arts Leeds, The Hepworth Wakefield, Sustrans Cymru, Green Man Festival, Keystones Mental Health Support and Off The Record Bristol.
He holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with Metanoia Institute, professional membership of the National Association of Writers in Education, and you can read more about his work and CPD at his website here.
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 Vice Chair Dr Tony Wall is a Reader in Transformational Management Learning at the University of Chester where he founded the International Thriving at Work Research Group. He works on research policy development at the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
Lapidus Treasurer Annie Bell-Davies was born and raised in a small fishing village on the South Wales coast. Although she has moved four times in her life, she has never moved more than
ten miles away from the sea. Her feet do itch occasionally, however, and she has travelled and trekked through some fascinating parts of the world. She has had a long career in Financial Planning and currently works as an Area Mortgage Manager for a large bank.Her passion however, is writing. Currently working on her third novel, Annie has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Trinity St Davids and has combined her writing and Management skills to run several writing workshops for enjoyment.
She has also co-written and co-presented workshops for teenagers in Ireland and has worked with local drug and alcohol rehabilitation charities, work which she found very satisfying. She has been married to Mark for 16 years, has two step-daughters and two gorgeous grandchildren, Charlie and Elsie, who light up her life.
Lisa Rossetti is a credentialed coach, community creative writer and poetry therapy practitioner, living in Chester (but originally from both Cornwall and Ghana).
She works primarily in community settings with adults using mental health services, and is a Visiting Lecturer at University of Chester for mental health nursing undergraduates.
She pioneered creative writing for wellbeing into NHS Recovery Colleges in Cheshire and Wirral, and has worked with storytelling on the Intensive Treatment Unit at Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is a director of a social enterprise, Impact CIC, which specialises in Creativity for Wellbeing. Lisa is also an active member of her local Mental Health Alliance.
Lisa is a published author on Storytelling for Leadership, and was a contributor to Cumbria NHS “Words for Wellbeing” publication. A story from her semi-autobiographical collection “Dancing and Singing on Independence Avenue” was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize in 2012. Lisa has presented her Story Café (stories for wellbeing) at the Chester Literature Festival (2012), to University of Chester graduates, and at many personal development events across the North West.
She has a Masters in Applied Storytelling for Health and Social Care, and is currently studying towards a credential in poetry therapy with the National Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy.
Lisa posts occasional “interesting snippets” about storytelling and creative writing for wellbeing on www.facebook.com/TheStoryCafe.
Barbara Bloomfield has worked for Relate as a counsellor and trainer for nearly 20 years. She works creatively with individuals, couples and families using writing and other active techniques. Her background is as a radio journalist and producer in London and Central America. She has written four books about relationships and is currently running a creative ageing group for those aged between 55 and 105. She'd like to see Lapidus continue to prosper in the future, focussing on regional connections.