Alec Finlay

Alec Finlay is a poet and artist whose work crosses over a range of media and forms, from poetry to sculpture, audio-visual and neon, adopting such innovative poetic forms as the mesostic and circle-poem. Born in Scotland in 1966 and currently based in Edinburgh, much of Finlay’s work reflects on our interaction with nature and considers how we as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape. […]

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Barbara Bloomfield

Barbara Bloomfield is a former BBC radio journalist who became a counsellor in 1994 and now works for Relate as a Counselling Supervisor and spokesperson. She has written five books on social history and relationships and is about to start a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to Australia and North America to study creative ways of working with neuro-diverse couples and families. […]

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Christine Cather

Christine Cather received an Msc in Information and Library Studies while volunteering at Glasgow Womens’ Library, her research topic was Bibliotherapy. A community librarian for many years, poet and fiction reader, NHS Education for Scotland employed her to assist in a development of a broad bibliotherapy project and we have found a sizable interest across health, social care, literary and library sectors in Scotland. […]

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Dr Ann Wales

Dr Ann Wales has held the national role of Programme Director for Knowledge Management in NHS Education for Scotland since 2005, leading strategic development of knowledge management across the health and social care system. The constant driving force behind Ann’s work is translating knowledge into decisions and actions to improve health, wellbeing and quality of care. […]

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Fiona Bailey

Fiona Bailey is former critical care nurse and Relate counsellor, currently working as a Healthy Reading Bibliotherapist for Midlothian Libraries. […]

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Gerrie Fellows

Gerrie Fellows has published five collections of poetry. Her fourth collection, Window for a Small Blue Child, drew on her experience of infertility and IVF and some of its poems formed the basis of a previous Lapidus workshop. She has been teaching and mentoring writers for almost 30 years. […]

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Gerry Loose

Gerry Loose is a poet concerned with the natural world and with healing both land and people. His most recent publications are that person himself (Shearsman 20-09) Printed on Water, Selected and New poems (Shearsman 2007) fault line (Vagabond Voices 2015) and An Oakwoods Almanac (Shearsman 2015). His awards include a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, creative Scotland Award and a Kone Foundation Award. […]

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Helen Boden

Helen Boden is a Yorkshire-born, Edinburgh-based poet, teacher, editor, walker and third-generation baker. Particular literary interests include writing and the visual arts, and writing outdoors. Her work has appeared in site-specific projects collaborating with craft makers at the Pittenweem Festival, and words for the walled garden in Edinburgh’s Hermitage of Braid. […]

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Helen Lamb

Helen Lamb was a poet and fiction writer.  Helen facilitated creative writing groups for Forth Valley Health Board, Falkirk & District Association for Mental Health, the Maggie’s centre in Edinburgh, and for Open Secret, a confidential service for adult survivors of childhood abuse. […]

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James Hawkins

James Hawkins qualified both as a medical doctor and as a psychotherapist. He works independently in Edinburgh helping people ease psychological distress and nourish well-being. James has lectured and run workshops nationally and internationally. He blogs at www.stressedtozest.com and produces a regular, free, evidence-based newsletter on stress, health & wellbeing. […]

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James King

Since retirement from the UU James has developed his career as performance artist and sound poet, while maintaining his interest in creative therapy with vulnerable groups in the community; and occasional individual dramatherapy counselling.
During his teaching career he facilitated many extra-mural groups ; mainly with elderly people and people with a learning disability. […]

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Jayne Wilding

Jayne Wilding lives and writes in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. She is a freelance writer and researcher. sky blue notebook from the Pyrenees draws on the experience of living in the foothills of the French Pyrenees for three year […]

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John Killick

John Killick has worked directly as a poet with people with dementia for twenty-one years, editing seven collections of their poems and publishing five books on creative approaches. He is currently Poet Mentor for two projects at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford, and one at Ty Newydd, Wales. […]

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John McCormack

John McCormack is Learning and Development manager with the Scottish Recovery Network where he helped develop the Write to Recovery website. John has a long-standing interest in the healing power of narrative and integrates this in his teaching of counselling skills at Glasgow Caledonian University. […]

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Kathy Kindness

Kathy Kindness has been a clinical psychologist for the past fifteen years. She has worked in various health settings, including cycstic fibrosis, rheumatology and palliative care. She has a particular interes in spirituality and health, and in holistic care. […]

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Ken Cockburn

Ken Cockburn works as a freelance writer, translator, editor and writing tutor, based in Edinburgh. His poetic practice often involves collaborators and other art forms, as in his ‘Road North’ project with Alec Finlay, a Scottish version of Basho’s 18th-century journey in northern Japan. […]

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Larry Butler

Larry Butler teaches tai-chi and leads expressive writing groups at the Maggie Cancer Care Centre. Poet & editor for PlaySpace http://playspacepublications.com/, convenor for Lapidus Scotland . Publications include Butterfly Bones (Two Ravens), and Han Shan Everywhere (Survivors’ Press). […]

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Lesley O'Brien

Lesley O’Brien loves to tell tales from all around the world. Stories are often interactive, through songs and playing guitar, use of a range of percussion instruments, games, rhymes and a variety of interesting props. […]

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Lilias Fraser

Lilias Fraser works at the Scottish Poetry Library on a range of reader development projects that use poetry in different contexts, including reading groups, the annual National Poetry Day postcards campaign with public libraries and schools across Scotland, and projects that help make poetry easier to explore for different readers […]

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Lorna Hill

Lorna Hill is undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Stirling University which focuses on the role of women in crime fiction. She runs a bibliotherapy group at Women’s Aid East and Midlothian as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities doctoral artist in residence scheme. […]

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Magi Gibson

Magi Gibson has thirty years experience of working therapeutically with adults, as well as having worked as a teacher of teenagers with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is an award-winning poet and writer, has held several Arts Council Fellowships, and is currently Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women’s Library. […]

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Mandy Haggith

Mandy Haggith is a poet, author and environmental activist who lives in Assynt, in the NW Highlands of Scotland. Her most recent novel is Bear Witness. During 2013 she was poet in residence at the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens, celebrating the ancient relationship between nature and writing exemplified by the Gaelic Tree Alphabet. She has gathered poems about trees from around the world into the anthology, Into the Forest. […]

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Margot Henderson

Margot Henderson is a Scots-Irish Poet, Storyteller and Community Artist. Much of her work is socially engaged and site-specific, celebrating community and our connection with place. She leads Writing Groups for Maggies Highlands and CLAN Elgin, Well-being groups with the WEA and teaches Mindfulness Meditation. She is a cultural Creative with Nature Culture Scotland […]

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Maureen Sangster

Maureen Sangster , poet/writer/artist. Her most recent publication with Sheena Berry was Circle Line: ConversTations about Fife railway stations and their communities. She has delivered bibliotherapy in health and community settings such as a Reader in Residency in a mental health facility, Maggie’s Centre, Fife and stroke clubs.. […]

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Rosie Alexander

Rosie Alexander is a poet and writing facilitator based in Orkney, Scotland. A member of Lapidus since 2005, she has run writing workshops for community groups, mental health charities and independently. She has previously contributed to Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing published by Jessica Kingsley in 2011. […]

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Sarah Whiteside

Sarah Whiteside is a writer and music therapist. She is currently Writer in Residence at Roxburghe House, a palliative care unit in Aberdeen. […]

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Sheila McLean

Sheila McLean lives in Kirkcaldy. Born in Keith. Army childhood. Studied at Glasgow University(M.A.) and Jordanhill College (Primary Teaching Diploma). Worked in teaching, office work; catering; caring and latterly for ten years as a theatre usherette. I enjoy literature, the countryside and nature. I occasionally write poems and stories. […]

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Sir Kenneth Calman

Sir Kenneth Calman is Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. Former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland then England & Wales; He chaired the Commission on Scottish Devolution 2008-9, and was President of the British Medical Association 2008. He was awarded a KCB in 1996. His most recent publication is: “A Doctor’s Line. Poems and Prescriptions in Health and Healing.” […]

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Stewart Ennis

Stewart Ennis has been working in theatre as a writer, actor, teacher and director for the past 30 years. He was a founder member of international theatre ensemble Benchtours and has created work throughout the UK, Europe, East Africa and India. He is currently part time creative writing tutor at HM Prison Shotts. […]

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Ted Bowman

Ted Bowman is a grief and family educator based in Minnesota. He was a long-time member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, a sign of his use of poetry, writing, and literary resources in his work. He has worked in Scotland and England for many years, often with Lapidus and related mental health and grief organizations. […]

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Valerie Gillies

Valerie Gillies has written eight books of poetry, and was the Edinburgh Makar, poet laureate to the city, from 2005 to 2008. She facilitates the Creative Writing and Journaling Workshops at Maggie’s Centre. Her most recent book is The Cream of the Well: New and Selected Poems, Luath, Edinburgh, 2015. […]

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Wendy Woolfson

Wendy Woolfson provides bespoke workshops for vulnerable, social inclusion and adult and child disability groups promoting the therapeutic value within the stories, for those starting out in storytelling to those looking to deepen their practice. She tells stories from all over the world finding inspiration from her own experiences of life, love and travel. […]

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