are highly experienced writers and facilitators with specialisms in diverse areas including poetry, writing, arts-for-health, academia, therapeutic practice and theory
Fiona Hamilton is a writer and arts-in-healthcare practitioner. She is tutor and research adviser on Metanoia Institute’s masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, and tutor with the Poetry School. She is a facilitator and trainer in many healthcare and education settings, and brings inclusive approaches involving creative writing and arts for a range of groups. She devised the Bite Sized Project which provides forums for people to hold conversations about mental health, using creativity, with the aim of promoting understanding and wider participation.
Nigel Gibbons has facilitated therapeutic writing workshops for a variety of organisations and groups in Bristol; he is a counsellor, supervisor, a registered accredited member of BACP, a tutor on the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and Network Counselling's Diploma in Counselling, and has a private therapy practice in Bristol. He has contributed to Writing Routes by Bolton, Thompson and Field and the anthology MA2.
Graham Hartill was a founder of Lapidus, the UK organisation for writing for wellbeing, and has worked in settings as various as hospitals, schools, cancer and mental-health centres. He is writer-in-residence at HMP Parc, Bridgend, South Wales and teaches Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes MSc at Metanoia Institute. In 2013 he became the first Writer-in-Residence at Swansea College of Medicine. Graham has published widely - poetry, papers on facilitation and (with Wu Fusheng) translations from classical Chinese.
Jane Moss is a writer based on the south coast of Cornwall. She co-hosts The Writing Retreat in west Cornwall and provides creative writing workshops, short courses and coaching for people with all levels of experience. She has published books and articles on writing for wellbeing, family history. Her book ‘Writing in Bereavement: a Creative Handbook’ was published in 2012.
Kate Pawsey is a writer and founder of Writing Time, a service for groups and individuals to explore the world – both inner and outer – through creative writing. In her MSc dissertation (Metanoia Institute) she explored creative writing for therapeutic purposes (CWTP) as an arena for adults to connect to the creative energy and freedom of play. Kate is an intermittent musician and co-founded The Imperfect Press, through which she type-sets her poems by hand. Her website is at writingtimewithkatepawsey A recent interview with the Cardiff Review is here
Clare Benjamin facilitates Writing for Wellbeing groups in Bristol. She is a member of Bristol-based poetry group Random Women Poets. Clare has a Diploma in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and an English Literature degree from the University of Bristol and has been a Board Member of Lapidus, the writing for wellbeing organisation. She has substantial experience of working for health charities including Penny Brohn Cancer Care. firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Green is a writer and facilitator who delivers therapeutic writing courses in a range of healthcare and community settings. Her writing has featured in Acumen Literary Journal, The Listening Walk, The Guardian, and BBC Radio 4. Editor of Lapidus Journal from 2010-13, she currently teaches on the English Literature for Community Engagement Programme for the University of Bristol, where she gained her Diploma in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes in 2008. She also offers Ways to Wellbeing workshops from a barn in the Mendip countryside.
Pete Weinstock has over 30 years experience in the field of social work, homelessness and housing advice, as well as working with people with drug and alcohol issues and complex support needs. He runs creative writing workshops with groups. He also runs weekly group work and individual sessions on commitment to recovery and relapse prevention. He is a counsellor and supervisor.