Meeting Mind and Speaking at Portsmouth Writers Hub
|Published: 11th March 2012 16:52|
This week started off with a WeLL What's Your Story? session with the staff and service users of Mind. It was great fun (I don't think I have ever laughed so much while at work), and some fabulous creative writing happened after using the story mash up method to generate ideas. I brought it along because it lessens the pressure if you can write about something that you haven't had to think of as an individual. Sometimes individual ideas and concepts for stories are too fragile to share with a group straight away....
This theme of fragile ideas brings me to my second event of the week - the Portsmouth Writers Hub - where I gave a talk about being the writer in residence for Portsmouth libraries. Public speaking with dyslexia and dyspraxia often makes life interesting...mixed up words and falling over tends to happen quite frequently! I find it fairly easy to stand in front of a large lecture theatre and teach midwifery or public health, but ask me to speak about myself in front of a group of my peers and I feel as if I am made of egg shell. Particularly when I am exposing my deepest feelings about why libraries are so significant to me and why it is such an honour to be working as their writer in residence. Even more so when I have to share my plans for helping residents of Portsmouth learn to love creating stories through my WeLL What's Your Story campaign, and why it is important that they make use of libraries while doing so. Luckily the other hub members seemed interested in what I had to say, asked questions, and then a lengthy conversation about my WeLL What's Your Story campaign began. Matt Wingett wrote a review of the evening which you can read here .I handed out leaflets with the WeLL What's Your Story public drop in dates for the first half of the year to hub members which you can find here and the full programme of events is here . If you would like hard copies of the leaflets then please email me (djkirkby (at) gmail (dot) com) with details of how I can get them to you or pick up a supply from your nearest library.