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'Reading As a Way of Healing' - A workshop with Alex Holmes
Sun 7 May 2017, 12:00 – 14:00 BST
“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” - Maya Angelou
How do we reclaim our voice through literature? How can escapism heal us? Why and how do we search for ourselves in fictional characters? Join us on Sunday 7th May where we will explore these questions and more. Attendees will practise new ways of reading, particularly using literature as a form of renewal and healing in the realms of mental health, grief, and the search for identity.
Facilitated by Alex Holmes (aka Alex Reads) of critically acclaimed Black British podcast Mostly Lit, attendees will use three examples of great literature to aid them throughout the workshop: Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
There will be writing timethroughout the workshop to allow attendees to begin exploring the subject matter and create their own characters and scenarios of escapism. Please bring pens, papers, notebooks or tablets – whatever you’d like to write on.
** This is an inclusive space in which all are welcome regardless of levels of experience and familiarity with the chosen texts. Spaces are limited. **
** Please note that tickets are non-refundable except under exceptional circumstances and/ or the event is cancelled by the organiser **
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Common House, Bethnal Green
Unit 5E (press the buzzer)
5 Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green