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ChrisinCardiffGemma and I headed off to Cardiff Bay last weekend, for a two day workshop with Graham Hartill on the theme of 'Working as a Writer in Therapeutic Community Settings'.

The course introduced the skills needed to be a facilitator of creative writing in community settings which have a therapeutic or care aspect, so it tied in very nicely with the creative writing courses taking place at the Barns Centre during March and April.  There were 9 of us in the group, of differing ages and all from different backgrounds, but with common bonds of working with therapeutic/care communities, and of course with a love of writing.   Over the course of the weekend the group worked really well together on writing exercises (including a collaborative poetry as grand finalé on Sunday afternoon!), in addition to which a good deal of spirited, interesting and intelligent debate took place. 

During the weekend we touched on workshop techniques, the principles of both reflective practice and how to do evaluations of others’ work and of your own.  We were given details regarding further possible training, and areas such as mental health, older people, and working in prisons were considered, along with individuals' ideas about their own prospective projects.  Graham had brought with him a host of reading material, included his own books, and we were each given a copy of an anthology of writing from HMP Parc, Bridgend.      

Before we said goodbye to one another we arranged to put together an email list of the group, and to let each other know how our various projects were progressing.  This was a really worthwhile, productive writing weekend, and our thanks go to Graham, who steered, directed and informed us wonderfully throughout.

Graham Hartill is a poet, workshop facilitator and lecturer, with twenty years’ experience of facilitating workshops in the field of health and social care. He co-founded Lapidus, the national organisation for the field, worked for 9 years with older people for the Ledbury Poetry Festival and is now a writer in residence at HMP Parc. He teaches on the Metanoia Institute’s MSc programme and runs annual retreats at Tŷ Newydd, the writers’ centre for Wales.

 

Chris Long

A new year, a new PETiTATHON! We hope you enjoy it!!

PETT Showcase - 'This is my Shotton' by Dr. Danny Beath:  Tribute to former Shotton Hall student Danny Beath who sadly and unexpectedly passed away earlier this month.  This digital film features a map of Shotton Hall Danny created in 1975, accompanied by Danny telling it's story during a visit to PETT in 2011

Guest Blog - 'Long Live our Creativity' What we stand to lose by sidelining the arts in education by Jeremy Harvey, PETT Trustee 

"What has PETT ever done for me?" - 'Dare to Dream' - What might the future hold for PETT? Here's a vision...

Favourite Photographs - 'Jean Rees and Rex Haigh 2006' One of Craig's personal favourites, here he'll tell you why!

 

If anything in this brief campaign touches a chord or indicates that we are deserving of your support, please use our 'BT Mydonate' page to add your £10, £20, £50, £150 (hey - £15,000 - go for it!) to that of others. BT MyDonate itself does not take anything out of what you give, although your credit or debit card will make a small charge.

Or, cheques can be sent to PETT, Barns Centre, Church Lane, Toddington near Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5DQ. If you are a U.K. tax payer, Gift Aiding your donation will add 25% in value to your gift without any additional cost to you (or to us!).

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"Five Wiltshire Jamaican Women Remember: Private Memories of Racism and Public Memories of Bowyer's Sausage Factory"

 

barbaragibsonThe very good news that Barbara Gibson - a member of our Advisory, Training and Assessment Group for the "Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children" project - has been awarded her MA in Public History by Royal Holloway, University of London, in some style. Founder of the Spoken Histories training and consultancy, based in Wiltshire, Barbara's thesis "Five Wiltshire Jamaican Women Remember" was awarded a clear Distinction, which means it will now go into the Royal Holloway's library, to be available to the public.

 

PETT's Dr. Craig Fees read the thesis in an early version and is looking forward to articles based on the project appearing in the Oral History Society journal. "Barbara is breaking new ground," he said, "which means her work contains a number of surprises, which means in turn that it is important to share her adventure and discoveries as widely as possible. It will also be very interesting to see where she goes with her work now - her own personal story is immensely interesting, but her varied involvements as an oral historian, and her drive and creativity really make for exciting possibilities."

 

Congratulations from all at PETT!


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We will be celebrating Christopher’s life on Friday 8 March 2013 in Oxford at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St. Hilda’s College at 2pm till 5 pm. Tea will be served.

 

Everybody is welcome, but please kindly send an e-mail to Claire Reeves, before Friday 22nd February, to let us know if you would like to attend.

 

Kind regards,

 

Claire, Margaret and Madeleine Reeves

 

St. Hilda’s College is at the Eastern end of Magdalen Bridge at The Plain.
Sat Nav OX 4 1AB.

Car parking at the St.Clement’s car park, 5 minutes’ walk away; or
Park and Ride at Thornhill, 40 minutes; or
Bus no 3, 4 or 5 from Railway Station, stop at The Plain or Magdalen Bridge, 25 minutes.

mydonateA huge thank you to everyone who supported the 'PETTATHON' fundraising marathon in October. Thanks to your generosity and support we topped over £7,000 in two weeks! What an immense morale raiser! Now, to press forward towards our ambitious 2012-2013 target of £50,000. To ensure we can continue to do the work we've been reporting on, and even grow it, we are holding a PETiTATHON on the last Friday of each month. SO...

Welcome to PETiTATHON #02 December 2012!

With all the usual Features:

"What has PETT ever done for me?" - 'Review of the Year 2012...': If this is what we've seen in 2012, just imagine the paddling going on underneath!

"PETT Showcase" - 'Twelve Days of Christmas (with an Archival Twist)...' – Sing-along-a-Matt, as he takes us on his inimitable musical tour of some of the year's new accessions

"Guest Blog" - 'A quarter of a century: Thank you” by Craig Fees. Going full circle and finding yourself a thousand miles further on the way.

"Favourite Photographs" - 'Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot'. No, these are not all of the friends we have lost this year - Ronald St. Blaize-Molony, and John Armstrong, for example; but these are extended members of the team who have actively shared in our events and adventures of the year, and leave us richer and poorer simultaneously

 

We are very grateful for your new and ongoing support!

If anything in this staccato campaign touches a chord or indicates that we are deserving of your support - which we are! - , please use our 'BT Mydonate' page to add your £10, £20, £50, £150 (hey - £15,000 - go for it!) to that of others. BT MyDonate itself does not take anything out of what you give, although your credit or debit card will make a small charge.

Or, cheques can be sent to PETT, Barns Centre, Church Lane, Toddington near Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5DQ. If you are a U.K. tax payer, Gift Aiding your donation will (still) add 25% in value to your gift without any additional cost to you (or to us!).

An indication of the cost of work and activities here, and how your contribution can have a direct impact, is on our 'Sponsor a...' page:

Finally, we apologise if this communication is unwelcome, and if you don't wish to receive future 'Pettitathons', communications or updates from us,please let us know and we'll take you off our mailing/email list immediately.

Thank you,

The Team.