Tales of Lockdown

The Hearth Centre is very pleased to announce that we have received emergency funds for a 6 month project called Tales of Lockdown. The phrase “unprecedented” has been used for the Coronavirus epidemic we are currently living through- but for many people, our present situation rings bells with very similar situations they have previously been through. This project…

Hearth Centre Publications 2020

Have a look at some of Polly Wright, Artistic Director of the Hearth Centre 2020 publications on our publications page: These includeThe Palgrave Handbook of the History of Women on the Stage (Polly wrote a chapter on the early years of Women and Theatre)Sue Beavan. Nurse, Partner, Dog lover. A monologue about NHS – (which you…

Sue Beavan. Nurse, Partner, Dog lover. A monologue about the NHS

Sue Beavan. Nurse, Partner, Dog lover. A monologue about the NHSPolly’s monologue was originally written for Women and Theatre’s 2014  piece – For the Past 30 years, which was a play written on the theme of women and work for solo voices. Polly’s monologue, about a  senior nurse, who has gone through many phases of…

Writers’ Reading group lives….Virtually!

We are glad to announce that our writers’ reading group is going on in a virtual form! We continue to share literary role models in order to learn and improve our craft of writing, but now we’re meeting through Zoom every other Wednesday. This term’s books have included Albert Camus’ The Plague and Anne Frank’s…

Hearth receives Arts Council England emergency funds for Coronavirus project

The Arts Council England has awarded the Hearth Centre an award of Emergency funds to support the continuation of the organisation and to develop a six month project called Hidden Histories:  Living in Times of National Emergency. For this Creative Writing project we’re looking for stories about Lockdown and Covid 19, but also stories of…

Podcast And Publication Launch – 7th March 2020

This year Women & Theatre mark International Women’s Day with a special event featuring performances and discussions, exploring a range of issues about women and work; drawing on the experiences of young women, retired women, and those who have seen massive changes in their sectors over the last 35 years. One of Hearth Director Polly…

Rhapsodies in Blues: The Influence of Music on Black Women’s Writing

Saturday 7 March 2020 Join playwright Polly Wright and creative Adaya Henry for the day in a specially devised writing workshop that celebrates the musicality of Black women’s writing. The day will weave readings from Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Bernadine Evaristo with music, an inspirational visit to The Influence Project exhibition followed by a…

Man Booker Discussion – MAC Birmingham 17th May 2018

Join the Writers Reading group @HearthCentre to discuss the book they are shadowing for the Man Booker Prize 2018 #MBI2018 – Vernon Subutex 1 at the Hexagon ‘@mac_birmingham on May 17 at 7.00 pm. Translator @Terribleman and writer @DespentesActu -all 5 stars so far! Read the Guardian article here

Hearth goes to Melbourne – Introduction to Reading and Creative Writing for Wellbeing

This free public lecture is of interest to anyone who enjoys reading and works with, or alongside, individuals and groups to promote their wellbeing in formal and informal contexts. This includes carers and people who have struggled with mental ill health themselves; health and social care professionals; occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists. Monday 18…

Heath goes to Melbourne – Introduction to Reading and Creative Writing for Wellbeing

A two day course conducted over four half day sessions. The course is aimed at people who want to use reading and creative writing as an intervention to promote wellbeing and develop professional empathy. Day One provides a background and introduction to the Reading for Wellbeing/Creative Writing method which is being widely used with individuals…