On May 1st we held a book launch and celebration to mark the next stage of Living Words’ development. We saw an extract of Susanna’s show WEAVE; heard from chair of Trustess Joe Moran about Living Words’ wants and intentions; listened to Professor Paul M. Camic discuss the poems as evidence for more arts in health practice; witnessed Julie Carroll, whose father Geoff was a participant in a Living Words residency, speak movingly about the work from her experience – we loved how she’d thought Susanna was a ‘crackpot’ until she received her father’s book and began reading it with him; launched our new anthology THE THINGS BETWEEN US, with readings by Susanna, Myra Barrs and Philip Cowell; and finally Phillip united us all with a toast! You can find out more and buy THE THINGS BETWEEN US by clicking here. Contact us for more info! Here are some pics, taken by the fabulous photographer and intermedia artist Zbigniew Tomasz Kotkiewicz. With thanks to our hosts Arts Admin and Toynbee Studios
Join us on March 12th at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon, London. 6.30 – 8pm.
Susanna will be speaking about Living Words recent projects and debating the future of
our work with David Clegg (Trebus), Penny Fosten(The Reader), Myra Barrs and
chair Harriet Gilbert (BBC). Susanna’s work with poet James Berry will also be discussed
and the evening will be concluded with poet Malika Booker reading some of James’
Click here for details. Tickets to be booked in advance. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please note: The door will be going to the James Berry Trust
We are thrilled to be involved with the James Berry Benefit, see below for info. Susanna has been working with James, supported by English PEN and will be presenting his words at the event. We’d love to see you there!
Our Forrester Court residency, commissioned and supported by Westminster Arts, concluded in July with a sharing in the home. It is a large home and we worked in three units there. Most of the people we worked with were people who seldom left their bed or room. We would like to thank all who took part, residents and staff. As well as the one to one work with residents we led our ‘Living Creative’ workshop training for staff. We focussed on communication and looked at the words of the residents as well as their own. This led to staff members choosing a personal project to imbed the use of residents books once we had left.
Today is the start of Dementia Awareness Week in the UK and we have started tweeting @LivingWordsUK . The aim of this week is to get people talking about dementia #TalkDementia. We have decided to tweet live from residencies and workshops each day – the words you will see are the words of people who are living in carehomes and their words are not normally heard in society outside of the home. Due to legislation the people who speak have to remain anonymous but their consented words can be shouted out…
Living Words new residency at Care UK’s Forester Court got off to a lively start as Artistic Director Susanna spoke about the project, and Living Words more generally, at the care home’s ‘Let’s Talk’ event.
During this project we will mainly be working with people who spend all their time in their rooms, though we will work with a few people who are able to move about the home. Staff workshops will also be taking place during the residency to look at reflection on personal practice and creative communication. These are bespoke for Forrester Court. We will also facilitate an end of project sharing event.
We will post info about the residency as it goes along and words direct from the residency will be tweeted by @LivingWordsUK from this week.
Thank you to all the staff and residents for making us feel so welcome!
Free speech galore at the ‘Joy of Speaking’ event, and there was even some dancing thrown in. We had the opportunity to share some words and poems from a recent residency with a diverse audience at Europe House, London. Here are some images of the night, including…