Writing workshops to tackle bereavement

28 February 2019

UCLan academic and St Catherine’s Hospice join forces to help the bereaved

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) creative writing lecturer is teaming up with a local hospice to provide writing workshops for the bereaved.

Award-winning poet Dr Yvonne Reddick is teaming up with counsellor Olwen Sutcliffe to run a series of six writing for wellbeing workshops at St Catherine’s Hospice.

The free workshops, which run from March to May, will help participants learn about how writing poetry can help them deal with the loss of a loved one and give them a way to remember someone.

Yvonne said: “I’m looking forward to running the workshops and helping people to talk, read and write about loss. Bereavement is always a difficult topic to talk about, and this friendly poetry writing group will help people to understand that they’re not alone. Writing has certainly helped me to come to terms with grief, and I hope to share that process with other people.”

Participants will be able to meet others who have experienced bereavement in a friendly and supportive environment. No experience of writing poetry is needed to take part in the workshops

Olwen currently runs a bereavement support group at the Lostock Hall based hospice and people will have the chance to speak to her on a one-to-one basis if they would like some extra support.

All sessions will take place in The Mill, in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice. They will run from 1.00pm to 2.30pm on 12 March, 26 March, 9 April, 23 April, 7 May and 21 May.

To book your place on the workshops, email Olwen.