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…

Cancelled Tour of Friends of Enemies

We’re sad that many of our theatrical projects have been cancelled, including our semi booked 2020 autumn tour of Friends of Enemies (click here to see the trailer and read more). However, we are fully intending to take it out again , and have been gathering national interest in a new Friends of Enemies project…

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…

Reflections on the dynamic between theatre, literature & audiences & its positive impact on health

Please follow the LINK for the RSPH website Date/time: Tuesday 24 January 2017 1pm (GMT) Speaker: Polly Wright Artistic Director of the Hearth Centre and visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Chair: Stephen Clift PFRSPH, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK The play’s the thing Wherein…

Writing Begets Writing Launch Event Tomorrow!

  Just a reminder, the launch of Writing Begets Writing is tomorrow! In the Deloitte Room, Mac, Cannon Hill Park B12 9QH Readings of competition winners’ pieces along with the original writing which inspired them. Light Refreshments   Writing Begets Writing A collection of new writing by mental health service users, inspired by the work of…

Writing Begets Writing Launch Event

You’re warmly invited to the launch of Writing Begets Writing on 6.30pm Wednesday 4 May 2016 In the Deloitte Room, Mac, Cannon Hill Park B12 9QH Readings of competition winners’ pieces along with the original writing which inspired them. Light Refreshments The Hearth Centre proudly presents our latest publication Writing Begets Writing A collection of…

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…

Don’t Leave Me Now

See Hearth’s Artistic Director tread the boards again at Mac! This time in an exciting new play about Dementia. New End Theatre Beyond in association with Stage Productions Ltd presents DON’T LEAVE ME NOW by Brian Daniels Two rehearsed play readings, directed by Jeni Draper Cast: Brian Daniels, Shenagh Govan, Karen Spicer, Annie Swale, Polly Wright On Wednesday 1 July…

Reading for Well-Being testimony

“Since the day that I walked in to Polly’s Reading for Well-Being session, my life has changed” Eugene Egan, member of the Park Road Reading for Well-Being group, nominated Polly Wright – founder of The Hearth Centre – for a Depression Alliance Award in recognition of the life changing positive effects Reading for Well-Being has…