Lapidus Scotland

Lapidus Scotland holds and facilitates a wide variety of bibliotherapy practitioner events throughout Scotland.  While primarily based in Glasgow, we have hosted over 30 events with over 400 people throughout Scotland over the period of 2014 to present, in Glasgow, Fife, The Highlands and South Lanarkshire.  We also offer a yearly residential courses at the Whatton Lodge in picturesque East Lothian, which bring together bibliotherapy practitioners from all over the world.  Our events are aimed at bibliotherapy practitioners, users of bibliotherapy services, and anyone interested in writing for wellbeing, whether healthcare or library professionals or simply members of the public.

We also regularly publish anthologies of work written by bibliotherapy users, thus empowering individuals with long term conditions and encouraging wider use of bibliotherapy services.  Our most recent publication is Writing Place, and more information may be found here.

Words Work Well Training in Bibliotherapy

Lapidus Scotland invites you to Bibliotherapy Trainings Scotland-Wide during June 2016. Participants will learn about leading therapeutic creative reading and writing sessions for individuals and groups in various settings. Training will also refer to Lapidus’ website - a bibliotherapy toolkit for facilitators.

Poems, images and conversation in creative communication with people who have dementia
Facilitator Paula Jennings. 2- 5pm, 6th June, Conference Room, Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB. With input from library staff on the Dementia Library. click here to book

An Introduction to Bibliotherapy for Writers and Storytellers
Facilitators Larry Butler and Valerie Gillies. 10am – 4pm, 8th June, Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.
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Choosing Reading Material and Facilitating an Expressive Writing Group
Facilitators Jayne Wilding and Maureen Sangster. 2pm – 5.30pm, 13th June, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG. Click here to book

Treasures in the Chest & Lifelines 
Facilitators Mandy Haggith and Margot Henderson. 10 – 2pm, 18th June, The Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness IV1 1LS.  click here to book

How Reading Informs Writing
Facilitator Helen Lamb. 1.30 – 4pm, 20th June, The Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow G40 1B.
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Strengthening Facilitators’ Skills
Facilitator Liz Niven. 1.30 – 4pm, 23rd June at University of Glasgow, Rutherford McCowan Building,
Room R127, Crichton Campus, Dumfries DG1 4ZL. Includes informal time for questions and networking.
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This development opportunity in creative facilitation is for those that work in health and social care settings, mental health centres, prisons, libraries, in education and community arts. It will also appeal to storytellers, writers and those promoting staff well- being in workplaces.  All are welcome, those experienced in facilitation and those new to the experience.
Cost £25 for day long training: £10 for half a day plus Eventbrite booking fee.


Lapidus Scotland is always seeking new members and new partners from anyone interested in writing for wellbeing.  If you are interested, please get in touch at