May 2017 A fab lettery few days: presented our progress of our Writing a Letter to my Breath workshops with Dr Alice Malpass @lifeofbreath at a meeting for both the Durham and Bristol teams. Great reactions, comments and suggestions from everyone. Then Alice and I took part in a Podcast, at the request of Dr Sarah McLusky, Project Manager, Durham Life of Breath. We also had a project meal at River Cottage Canteen, where I met the Durham team. It's rewarding being part of Life of Breath.
Dr Alice Malpass and myself have run three workshops in 10 days for http://lifeofbreath.org - they've got better and richer and more satisfying as we've gone on. See Feedback section. Wonderful letters from the participants (all confidential for the time being). Here's a news item from English teacher Rachel Lowrie: http://www.churchill-academy.org/News/Life-of-Breath-Project/
Delighted to be corresponding with an Australian psychologist about using my workshops for the benefit of Australian groups. More to come about that.
Talks: I'm so pleased to have been invited to talk at The Storytelling For Health conference 2017 in Swansea, June 16th and 17th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-for-health-international-conference-tickets-28588813912
I'm also having discussions with some of the summer outdoor festivals about running letter writing workshops - yay... fun.
Research at Bristol University:
This winter Dr Alice Malpass of Bristol University and I are running ‘Writing a letter to my breath’ workshops, which encourage participants to engage with and explore their own stories and breath experiences in the form of a letter.
This is part of the Welcome Trust funded study http://lifeofbreath.org at Bristol and Durham University, on a research study about our relationship with the breath. Workshops are underway in a variety of locations in Bristol. The workshops selling out, but there may be spaces via Eventbrite : look up Letter to Breath events or Meetup - http://meetu.ps/33kRJ7.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
September 2016 Exciting developments with arts and health project 'Letters to my health'. I have been asked to join an exciting research project with Bristol and Durham University. www.lifeofbreath.org
I am also running workshops - open to everyone - at Bristol's Healthy City Week:
1. Creative Writing and Art .... Letter to my Bones (or other body parts!) at 1.30 - 2.30 pm on Saturday 15th Oct, WellSpring Healthy Living centre.
2. Buzz Lockleaze, Gainsborough Square on Friday 21st at 11-12.
3. Letter to my Pain, Hours venue 4-5.30 Friday 21st Oct https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-letter-to-your-pain-duet-for-one-tickets-27624093407
Spring 2016 See my blog post https://elspethpenny.com/2016/05/17/letter-to-my-lungs-spring-2016/
February 2016 Creative Sparkle 2016 course on offer... see About page!
I was honoured to be invited to give a talk this February about the benefits letter writing at The Life of Breath Project research group www.lifeofbreath.org
January 2016 Caving and writing: a blog post
December 2015 Blagdon Time Capsule ceremony: it's been exciting to gather all the letters the children have written to themselves in 2040... it's going to be even more exciting for the people in the future to find them.
November 2015 Blagdon school: I have been working with all of the classes, inviting the children to write and draw letters to themselves in 25 years time. The letters are funny, touching and beautiful, and are going into a time capsule, (donated by Kym Russell), along with other letters (from workshops with Scouts, Guides etc), school photos, poems and the names of all the children and staff in the school. We are going to have a ceremony in school on Friday 4th December before putting the capsule up in the school attic. A pottery plaque will be placed near the office, saying that the capsule is to be opened in 2040.
October 2105 Time Capsule to be put in Blagdon school attic, for the Letters To The Future!
I am also exploring a PhD idea, involving letter writing and have some great supervisors on board. Got to find the right funding.
June 17th Cave poems written by year 5 and 6 after an expedition to Goatschurch Cavern, to go into the Time Capsule along with letters.
Read my blog about May's exhibition
May 9th, Blagdon, North Somerset, Village Hall 2-5pm Exhibition of children's Letters To The Future, and Shipham through the Ages exhibition in St Leonard’s Church, Shipham, the following weekend - 16th & 17th May
April 6th, Just started exploring the idea of basing a much larger research project around Scent. All thanks to Theatre Orchard, GP Malcolm Rigler, Professor David Radstone and the encouragement of my many friends, academic and otherwise (blimey you're a bright lot). I've added a Book Page on this web-site, and started to put up a few of the texts I've been enjoying.
March 2015: Happily got more funding from Discovering Blackdown Project, so that Rainbows and Brownies could also made letters to the future in a workshop. The workshops have now finished with all the scouting groups, there has been a lot of beetroot and elderberry ink used up, vast amounts of paper experimented over, and I have a beautiful pile of letters which are going to be exhibited on May 9th, Blagdon, North Somerset, Village Hall 2-5pm.
February 2015: Discussions in place about letter writing in a medical context... more soon.
January 2015: Elspeth ran a letter writing workshop at Penny Brohn Cancer Care. Participants said the workshop "Wakes something up in you." (see other comments on "Scent Eventers said" page.
Autumn 2014 - 2015: Elspeth's "Letter to The Future" workshops have been going excellently. They are for Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Guides, looking at the Mendips in the stone age, and creating letters about our landscape for future Mendip dwellers, using interesting local materials, from ocre to charcoal. The workshops are funded by the Discovering Blackdown project.
Summer 2014 Letter writing workshops
in the forest at Candlefest.
See Elspeth's talk about Scent at TEDxSWPS
Elspeth is running letter writing workshops for groups of all ages in houses, schools, support groups, charities, writing groups, cafes and festivals.
Scent started in May 2014 - come and say hello.
Interested in attending or booking a Scent event? Let me know through the Contact page, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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