This Sunday sees the official launch of my novel, The Words We Use are Black and White, at the lovely Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales – http://www.ucheldre.org/lit.htm
The Ucheldre is a special place for me – as well as being a hugely important Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts it’s also a cultural and social hub for the local community. Not only that, but it was also the venue for the creative writing workshops I had the pleasure to lead for the mental health charity MIND for many years.
It’s almost impossible to overstate the benefits of these workshops: they continue to provide a safe, protected space in which all participants can express themselves. The workshops are open to the public, too – we all suffer sometimes. We need support, comfort, a way to talk freely about how and why we are, and MIND still offer this service to anyone who needs it – see http://www.ynysmonmind.co.uk/ for further details of what they do – or, indeed, to join the creative writing workshops!
The workshops are, in a sense, a bonus. The chance to write creatively allows us to say what we need to say, both to ourselves and to those who are willing to listen. Please support MIND in any way you can, even just by reblogging or retweeting this post – mental health problems happen, I think, to all of us. Diagnosis isn’t the most accurate way to qualify our health, or to say who is ‘ill’ and who isn’t. Share the message, folks – mental health matters.
It makes me very grateful, therefore, and more than a little humble, to be able to lauch the book at the Ucheldre Centre, therefore. Join us if you can, this Sunday, 23rd November at 6.30pm, Ucheldre Centre, Millbank, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1TE Tel: 01407 763361