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13 September 2023

Posted by Alice Flynn


Stories From Our Streets at the Wessex Cancer Trust

The Stories From Our Streets team were very glad to be offering a creative writing session at

the Wessex Cancer Trust centre in central Bournemouth.

The centre provides a safe and welcoming space to anyone who has been affected by

cancer. The space offers a range of services from support groups, wellbeing activities to

complementary therapies and counselling. We were very glad to be there sharing a free

writing for wellbeing session!

We started the session with one of our favourite accessible warm-up activities: writing in a

stream of consciousness/free-flowing way, letting the pen move across the page freely –

anything goes! 

We like to think of it as clearing the creative pathways within us. Often the mind empties and we surprise ourselves with what arises.

From here, we set to work creating a palette of words relating to our favourite places in

BCP. Once we had gathered the raw material, we began to shape our pieces. Some chose to

write poetry, some prose. 

When it came to sharing our writing, common themes, feelings and imagery connected the pieces and, so too, the people. In sharing our stories, in the act of listening and being heard, there is both healing and inspiration. 

We remember how we are interconnected, both through place and space but also through our shared experiences and humanity.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Wessex Cancer Trust and made the session as

interesting and as heartening as it was.


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