National Poetry Day

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Topic for Today - National Poetry Day!

Today is National Poetry Day. To some of you that may not seem very important but we believe it is. We have spoken about creativity before and the amazing power it has to help us express ourselves, understand others and the world better and provide space for us to develop the idea of who we are.

Poetry and the Spoken Word offer us all laughter, friendship, meaning, information, ideas and the chance to really see how another human being is feeling.  In many ways it lets us see inside another persons head and lets us share what it is that thrills, excited, amazes or distresses us. It is a short, intense and powerful way to express what, in other situations might be beyond us.

There are lots of fantastic poets and spoken word projects locally and across the UK but can we specially invite you to get involved with the A Disorder for Everyone Spoken Word Event tomorrow night, (donation only) it is an incredible opportunity to listen to a large number of amazing individuals speaking their poetry (an international group of performers) all about challenging the present bio medical model of mental health and ensuring that those with lived experience and who are active in the field are heard and their voices acknowledged.

We have been at the previous two similar events and they have been incredible and moving.  If you can’t get to the event perhaps you would be interested in their amazing new poetry collection, available from the link below:

If you are interested in writing and/or poetry you might like to attend one of our writing groups or even start one of your own, then please just get in touch.

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