Our next event at the CCA is Lapidus – ‘Writing as a Way of Healing’ a workshop run by Valerie Gillies and Lesley O’Brien
Thursday 15th March 7pm. CCA Clubroom, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
Valerie Gillies is a poet who sets out to record our relationship with the land and its animals at this point in time. She has published seven collections of poetry. Her work is internationally known and has been translated into several languages, as a representative of the best in Scottish poetry. She often collaborates and exhibits with visual artists and musicians: inscriptions of her text in sculpture or installation can be seen at sites across Scotland. She was The Edinburgh Makar, or poet laureate to the city, from 2005 to 2008.
Lesley O’Brien will share a little of her experience of using creative words for good mental health and will give a sample from her workshop, ‘Hidden Inside Us There Lives an Old Woman’. With guitar and song, alongside fiddler Mhairi Ross, the workshop taps into our memories of the old crone, inspired by the tale of La Loba, The Wolf Woman from the book Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Taught initially to play fiddle by her granny from Rossshire, Mhairi is also an RSAMD graduate, plays in several bands and works with GAMH.