resources, links & useful stuff... 

because sharing is caring and knowledge is empowering

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Free Resources created by me: 

Creating Cut-Up Poems : the art of impossible juxtapositions & wild hypothesis - a pamphlet by Dal Kular.

This pamphlet will get you started with the wonders of cut-up poetry.  Expect loads of inspiration in this roughtumble ragtag of a pamphlet. Let me know how you get on, I'd love to see your creations! Download here.

more goodness coming soon...


Free Courses & Resources by others

Stories we live by - a free course in eco-linguistics

Literature and Mental Health: reading for well-being - Futurelearn

Futurelearn also run other free courses on creative writing.

Write Here: Sanctuary - a free practical toolkit for running creative writing workshops with refugees and asylum seekers.

Bibliotherapy Toolkit - a brilliant free resource on all things bibliotherapy by Words Work Well Scotland. 

* there are so many free resources/workbooks/advice on the interwebs on just about everything and anything to do with writing. So I encourage you to do lots of research and see what you can bag for free!


Useful Organisations

Lapidus:  International Words for Wellbeing association. A very friendly lot of folks who'll welcome you with open arms.

National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

New Writing North - supporting reading and writing Up North. Yes, we can read and write up here!

MSc Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at Metanoia Institute 

International Academy of Poetry Therapy 

The National Association for Poetry Therapy

Translating Chronic Pain (flash short-form creative writing)

Arts Emergency - brilliant organisation supporting talented youngsters from low-income backgrounds access arts and humanities.

Workers Educational Trust (WEA) - a brilliant organisation offering affordable adult education including writing courses. 


Books

Here are some of my favourite books on therapeutic creative writing and writing in general:

Poetry & Story Therapy by Geri Giebel Chavis

The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing by Gillie Bolton

Trystimania - a Diary of Manic Depression by Jay Griffiths

Journal to the Self: 22 Paths to Personal Growth by Kathleen Adams

Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals by Kate Thompson

The Art of Slow Writing: Relections on Time, Craft and Creativity by Louise De Salvo

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Landmarks by Robert McFarlance


Some of my favourite poets!

Lemn Sissay 

“I am not defined by my scars but by the incredible ability to heal”

David Whyte

" All the birds

and creatures of the world are unutterably

themselves. Everything is waiting for you."

Nayirrah Waheed

You will be lost and unlost, over
and over again, relax love. You
were meant to be this glorious. 
Epic. Story.

Rupi Kaur

when they buried me alive
i dug my way
out of the ground
with palm and fist
i howled so loud
the earth rose in fear and
the dirt began to levitate

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Claireylove

Mary Oliver

Cavafy

Moniza Ali

Ghalib

Langston Hughes


Favourite blogs & Podcasts

The Book Dr - aka my fellow maverick Caroline Donahue. She hosts a brilliant weekly podcast 'The Secret Library' on all facets of writing including how to write against the odds. You can hear me on the show here!

Quiet Writing - Terri Simpson is a fountain of writing knowledge for introverts. 

On Being - there are some super-inspiring podcasts here on all aspects of writing and a life spent with words.

Brain Pickings - lashings of inspiration and wise words on the writing life and creative living.