Poem in Your pocket at the Bedlam Festival: 16th November 2021

The Return of Poem in Your Pocket Does enjoyment of a good read and beautiful poetry improve your well being? Do you find that sharing the appreciation through reading  aloud increases your mental well being?Polly Wright and friends invite you to an evening of shared poetry and stories which will lift your spirits and reduce stress….

Reading for Well Being sessions and Writers Reading Group News

Reading for Well Being sessionsPolly Wright, artistic director of the Hearth Centre is running Reading for Well Being sessions at the MAC- starting on September 17th. Reading for well being is a shared reading approach in which short stories and poems are read aloud and the enjoyment is shared. Click here for detailsHurry, Hurry HurrySign…

Writers Reading Group Online at the MAC

Writers Reading Group Online at the MACSign up for our wonderful Writers’ Reading Group Online  this spring at the Midlands Arts Centre! As usual we meet fortnightly on Wednesdays , for a six week course, starting on April 21st.As it’s online- you can sign up from wherever you are in the country. Click here for full details of…

Booker Prize

Booker PrizeBreaking News! The Writers’ Reading Group has been selected to shadow the Booker Prize again for the third time!! We shadowed the International Booker and the Booker in 2018- and absolutely loved reading Vernon Subutex by Virginie Despentes and The Long Take by Robin Robertson- and now we can’t wait to rise to the…

Tales of Lockdown news

Tales of Lockdown news: Congratulations to everyone whose work has been posted on the Tales of Lockdown blog so far. Please check the three sections of Living in Times of National Emergency – Lockdown, Epidemics and War to see if we have already included your work.But to everyone who submitted pieces to the Hearth Centre’s Tales…

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…