Conference Overview

Please find below an overview of the programme for the Creative Bridges Conference 2017.

If you would like to view a more comprehensive list of the programme days, including descriptions of each session and biographies of the presenters please follow the below links:

Click here for Saturday’s programme.

Click here for Sunday’s programme.

Click here if you would like to download the below timetable as a pdf document.

Creative Bridges: Working with Words for Wellbeing

Day One: Saturday 29th July

10.00am- 10.30 am Registration
10.30am – 11.00  am Introductions
 Strands Research Writing with people affected by trauma Writing in groups Good practice and evaluation

12.30 pm

The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Playing with the potentiality of research impact – by Tony Wall

Chair: Barbara Bloomfield

CWTP and Acquired Brain Injury: notes on delivery – by Louise Emma Fellows

Chair:  Lorna Hill

The Group As Poem: Writing for Well-being in the contexts of Modernism, Post-modernism and Beyond – by Graham Hartill

Chair: Christina Shewell

A Fine Balance: Preparing and Supporting the Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) Practitioner –by Claire Williamson

Chair: Nicola Sinclair

12.30pm – 1.30 pm Lunch and Poster Presentations
1.30pm – 3.00 pm  Creativity and Research – How do they go together?-  by Kim Etherington

Chair: Tony Wall

Poetry as First Port of Call for Newly Arrived Childrenby Cheryl Moskowitz

Chair: Louis Emma Fellows

Group Work in End of Life Care – by Helen Stockton

Chair: Graham Hartill

Feedback Informed Practice – by Nigel Gibbons

Chair: Victoria Field

3.00pm – 3.30 pm Break
3.30pm – 5.00 pm Sounds and Words in Brain and Body: Connections to Well-being by Christina Shewell

Chair: Kim Etherington

Writing With Women – by Lorna Hill

Chair: Cheryl Moskowitz

Playdough and Understanding Externalising Devices – by

Barbara Bloomfield

Chair: Helen Stockton

Improving client well-being through multidisciplinary team working: Writing for well-being group intervention –by  Susan Ferry & Nicola Sinclair

Chair: Nigel Gibbons

5.00pm – 5.30 pm Plenary: Claire Williamson & Lapidus
6.00pm – 7.00 pm Conference dinner. For tickets go here.
7.00pm – 8.00 pm Open Mic
8.00 pm Close

Day Two: Sunday 30th July

10.00am- 10.30 am Registration
10.30am – 11.00 am Speaker: Charmaine Pollard – Self-Care, Writing and Trauma
Strands Research Writing with people affected by trauma Writing in groups Good practice and evaluation

12.30 pm

Well words: An autoethnographic and heuristic study exploring language inspired by the well archetype and the impact of CWTP at the Chalice Well –by Dawn McHale

Chair: Kate Pawsey

The paper isn’t judging – by Jeannie Wright and Dr. Ravi Thiara (PANEL)

Chair: Georgie Oldfield

Memory and metaphor – group work with bereaved adults  – by Jane Moss

Chair:  Dolly Garland

From Writing to Research – Lessons learned from poetry, the community and academia by Christina Thatcher

Chair: Lily Dunn

12.30pm – 1.30 pm Lunch and Performance Poet
1.30pm – 3.00 pm Poetry Therapy and the Therapeutic Effects of Metaphor for People Diagnosed with Psychosis – by Karoliina Maanmieli and Elisa Auvinen

Chair: Dawn McHale

Voice & Witness: Rethinking creative writing pedagogy for mental health- by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Chair : Jeannie Wright
Ready or not, one day I shall die – and so will you! –by Larry Butler

Chair: Jane Moss

Roots and Branches of Good Practice – Into the Woods – by Victoria Field

Chair: Claire Williamson

3.00 – 3.30 pm Break
3.30 – 5.00 pm Non-Sense? Play, Pointlessness, Pens and Points in Research and Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes by Kate Pawsey & Fiona Hamilton

Chair: Elisa Auvinen

The benefits of therapeutic journaling in the treatment of PTSD and chronic pain – by Georgie Oldfield

Chair: Asha Sahni

Meet Your Muse – by

Dolly Garland


Chair: Larry Butler

Creative Writing: Is it time to challenge the distinction between writing well and writing to get well? (Panel) – by Lily Dunn

  Chair:  Francesca Baker

5.00 – 5.30 pm Plenary: Clare Scott & Metanoia