Writing The Seasons Satuday 9th July And Sunday 10th July

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Jul, 10am – 4pm | £64 (£52) | 18+ | All Explore your creativity to the full by combining visual art and creative writing techniques to express your feelings and observations about the seasons. Taking inspiration from well-known authors, you will combine words and images to make a small folded…

The Big Arts Picnic

The Hearth Centre in association with Birmingham University and the Dolphin Drama group will be presenting an outdoor version of their play- Alum Rocks in the Community and Education park within Ward End Park at 1.15 and 2.45 pm on Saturday June 4th Even though she has ambitions to be a successful runner, Isla has…

Reading For Wellbeing Led By Alison Belbin

The course Reading For Wellbeing will be now be lead by actor Alison Belbin. “I was awarded the 2016 Norman Beaton Fellowship by BBC Radio Drama in March. This is a national award and means I will be doing a 5 month contract with the BBC Radio Repertory Company in London from July to December.”…

Koala Hospital

Polly and conference organiser Margret Meagher with koala sculpture outside koala hospital in New South Wales.   Of course, Reading for Well Being is part of the koala’s recovery strategy- so we had to spend a lot of time there!

Creative Ageing Festival – The Big Chat

The Big Chat will offer a day of presentations and workshops, with guest speakers from Sydney, Canberra and Tasmania, to stimulate conversations about “Perceptions of Ageing” and how to age well through engaging with the arts. Plus The Big Chat will explore a variety of ways to use creative activities, such as painting, music, singing,…

The Writers’ Reading group

The Writers’ Reading group: The reading group with a difference The Writers’ Reading group is what it says on the tin, a creative hybrid of a writing and a reading group. Led by the Hearth Centre’s artistic director and published writer, Polly Wright, the group selects novels, short stories and plays which will be great…

Do you have a prisoners of war story?

Do you have a prisoner of war memory like the one published here? or has one been shared with you by a friend or relative? If so we would love to hear it and publish it on our website. To send us your P.O.W. memory just send us a message via our contact page. Please…

Turning the Page

I will turn the page and go now and go to a place not here, where dragons live and battles rage and peace comes dropping slow… Edited by Mandy Ross and Polly Wright, reading for Well-Being is proud to present Turning the Page, a collection of new poetry written by  mental health service users, shown alongside…

Poem in Your Pocket 3 – Turning the Page

Come to an evening of popular, stress-busting poems, read by our team of trained readers from the Hearth Centre’s resoundingly successful Reading for Well-Being project. To celebrate the launch of poetry anthology, Turning The Page, there will be readings of some of the published poems by well-known writers. Bring your own ‘poem in your pocket’ along and it…

Sathnam Sanghera

Birmingham Literature Festival: Sathnam Sanghera The STUDIO at The REP 11 October This event looks at the process of one piece of writing inspiring another. The Hearth Centre‘s most recent project, Writing Begets Writing, drew inspiration from Sathnam Sanghera and the process he used as a writer. Local writers led fiction-writing masterclasses in psychiatric hospitals…