A few of the lovely comments about Elspeth's Tedx talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkKDvGA2UU0
I feel I should be writing this with a battered old fountain pen on a nice bit of paper, but well done, I'm regretting not having kept some of the letters I've been sent and I genuinely feel inspired to write one. Martin
I liked it because I did! fabulous talk! So engaging, and interesting. Well done Elspeth! I will wrote a hand written note to Robyn in
Malawi today! Anita
I absolutely loved it! I was enthralled all the way through and it made me think of all of the different handwritings I’ve known and loved over the years (I too have held onto a huge amount of letters). It’s so true that you associate friends, loved ones and family with that expressive side which is in their handwriting, and the way some were really concise and others would be 10 sides long, and yes, the heart always quickened when the postman came. Sitting down to write a letter was something you’d look forward to and sometimes dread, depending on the content, but you always took it seriously and you needed time – what a contrast to the way we live our lives now… Thanks for that – and you came across really well; you look lovely! Also did you notice there was a mention of “boff” in there at some point! Keep up the good work xx
Lots more comments on Facebook...
It's chaos at the moment in my life... Another reason why stopping and writing a letter is so good.
I've suddenly got about about 20 letters I want to write.
James was so enthusiastic about last night at Scouts. You must have really tapped into something there. Apart from talking about it for quite a while and in detail, a sure sign of his enthusiasm, he also said 'I wish she could come again'...! So it's nice to see the pictures and read your post. He told me he did a picture of a tree and other art work.
I just want to go and look through all my old letters now. Hearing about it just makes me want to know how I can get involved.
Such a great idea. Thanks so much for the opportunity Natalie, Artist
Some of the Feedback from our Life of Breath project letters:
"Thanks for such an enabling and creative workshop"
"Thanks for group experience today. I feel at the start of something with it - personally"
"Thank you also to Alice and yourself for your playful and creative workshop on Saturday last."
"May I extend my sincere thanks to you both for all your help and kind support. Your workshops gave me a wonderful time. "
"Excellent. Very enjoyable and thought provoking."
More comments on the Facebook page.
Your comments to my daughter about her writing really helped her, it's great for her to hear that someone gets her.
Mum, North Somerset
That was the best literacy class ever!!
9 year old
The children were so inspired and excited. They have to learn so many formal ways of doing things, they just stop wanting to write. With Scent, they discovered freedom again. It was a breath of fresh air. Can you come back next year?
Primary school teacher, North Somerset
Thanks again for organising the session on Thursday. The Beavers all had a great time, and like you I was really pleased with the scale and quality of what they created. The church display option sounds fun.
I was impressed with the depth of the session. It was really exciting to see the range of material the children could engage with and it made me think we can do more to trust them with potentially complex or messy crafts than we usually do! I thought the opportunity for them to share their work at the end was also a really good way to remind them of the context for the evening.
Gabriel, Blagdon Beavers leader
I heard some of the children talking about your workshop - they said it was brilliant. They loved ya! When are you coming to do our class? Bede, 11
I very much enjoyed visiting Penny Brohn’s creative community in Bristol in January 2015
Here is the feedback from the session….
Was introduced to some very earthy things
Wakes something up in you
Almost a meditation in itself
I was worried about the session and thought you’d bring in nice paper and insist on everything being neat, but it wasn’t like that
I watched your Ted talk and feel honoured that you’re here to talk about it
Lovely energy, really helps relax people. Thank you!
included your story telling activities, we did that morning in Wales, in a scheme of work here and they have been fabulously effective in highlighting more creative approaches to writing. The other teachers can't get enough of it. Thank you so much. I also did a presentation on creativity in writing recently and included these ideas.
Jannita Head of English