Letters to my Bones etc: arts and health workshops and research

Join in celebrating and reinventing the hand-written letter. Relish the imperfections. Physical letters inform us in so many ways: they are about the trail we leave and the future we wish to shape.

Writing a letter to your breath 2016-17

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Elspeth is excited to have been asked by Dr Alice Malpass of Bristol University to work with Alice and Dr Rebecca Oxley of Durham University on a research study about our relationship with the breath. It’s part of a larger project called Life of Breath, funded by the Welcome Trust. Elspeth will be running ‘Writing a letter to my breath’ workshops.

For information on the Life of Breath project
www.lifeofbreath.org

 

Healthy City Week 2016

Elspeth’s running several workshops:

1. Letter to my Bones (or other body parts!)

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Saturday 15th Oct at 1.30 at Wellspring, Barton Hill:

Elspeth Penny, with her letter-writing rack, unusual pens, inks and inspiration invites you to write, create or draw a hand-written letter to your own bones (or another body part such as liver, brain, lungs, heart). No one will be correcting your spelling or grammar here, but hopefully you’ll see your health in a new light and remember how enjoyable it is to write a letter. Everyone welcome.”

This is part of… http://bristolgreencapital.org/events/opening-community-day-at-wellspring-healthy-living-centre

2. A Letter to my Pain & Duet of One, a collaboration with Raquel Meseguer.

Friday 21st October at 5-7pm at Hours Space, 10 Colston Yard Bristol BS1 5BD www.hours-space.com

 

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A free two-part workshop, for those with an invisible disability or long-term pain condition: this is your space. It is the chance for you to invite someone you know (a friend, partner, sibling) to experience a two-part workshop with you.
In A Letter to my Pain, Elspeth, with her letter-writing rack, unusual pens, inks and inspiration will guide you to write, create or draw a letter to your pain, or to your body (placing the person in pain first).
In Duet for one, Raquel will then invite you and your plus ones to slow down, listen closely, and find a truly healthy groove.
n.b. This event aims to raise awareness of invisible disability, and welcomes anyone with a disability.
For ticket: click here
For more info please contact Elspeth: elspeth@2buproductions.co.uk
Raquel: raquelmeseguer10@gmail.com
Find out more about Healthy City Week at www.bristolgreencapital.org/health

 

 

Spring 2016…. lovely feedback from a workshop:

‘Your workshop last Tuesday gave our Breathe Easy members food for thought and a creative outlet not experienced often enough on third Tuesdays in the Acorn Suite. I hope you agree that the varied response, in words and images, is proof of the value of the afternoon to those present, not least the fun of it.
Mary tells me that the procession of the exercises led her to realise she could rise above negativity and begin again to enjoy life.’ Mike Green, chair of the Forest of Dean Breath Easy group.

 

Creative Letter writing for groups of children and adults

Join in celebrating and reinventing the hand-written letter. Relish the imperfections. Physical letters inform us in so many ways: they are about the trail we leave and the future we wish to shape.

Elspeth also does creative writing workshops, for instance in June 2015, she took 34 children caving at Goatchurch Cavern in the Mendips, followed by a poetry workshop (see the stalactite words hanging in the classroom as the poems begin to form): funding from Discovering Blackdown Project. The poems went into the time capsule Elspeth arranged to go in Blagdon school attic, along with letters that the children have written to the future and to themselves in the future.

Our Time Capsule in Blagdon

Blagdon Time Capsule: Mendip Times article January 2016

See more on this at www.scent.buzz

Letter to me in the future

 

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If you’d like to book a Scent event or workshop? Visit www.scent.buzz or email us on elspeth@2buproductions.co.uk