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ScotlandsFest 2016: Wellbeing and Bibliotherapy
Tue 23 August 2016, 15:30 – 16:45 BST
ScotlandsFest 2016: Wellbeing and Bibliotherapy with Valerie Gillies and John Killick
Can words make well? Bibliotherapy and holistic approaches to health discussed by Valerie Gillies, a facillitator of courses in creative writing, journaling and life story at Maggie's Centre, Edinburgh. Gillies is also the author of The Spring Teller and is joined by John Killick, author of Dementia Positive, a book that celebrates the strength, insight and creativity of people living with dementia.
JOHN KILLICK was a teacher for thirty years, and has been a writer all his life. He has published books of his own poetry and books on creative writing. He began working with people with dementia in 1992, and has held a number of posts with nursing homes, hospitals, libraries and arts centres. He has edited six books of poems by people with dementia, and co-authored books on communication and on creativity. He has written many articles and book-chapters, and given many workshops in the UK and abroad. He has also made a number of broadcasts.
VALERIE GILLIES is an internationally known and highly regarded poet. She became The Edinburgh Makar, poet laureate to the city, in 2005. Her poetry collections include Tweed Journey (1989) which has been described as ‘a key text in contemporary writing’ (S.B.Kelly). Other award-winning volumes include Each Bright Eye (1977), The Ringing Rock (1995), and The Lightning Tree (2002). Valerie is an inspirational teacher of creative writing in schools and universities. As a literary arts practitioner she has worked in psychiatric and general hospitals with Artlink, and in community arts with Lapidus. She is co-editor of the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever interactive poetry map of Scotland, which maps locations and living poets. She received a Creative Scotland Award to write The Spring Teller, a book of landmark poems inspired by Scotland’s springs and wells. Valerie lives in Edinburgh with her husband, the Celtic scholar William Gillies. They have three grown-up children.