Chat and Create

Chat and Create   When I went to the Wellbeing Web training session last Tuesday I was interested to see unusual activity in the coffee bar at Swarthmore. There was a big paper tree spread over two tables, looking suspiciously like the colourful tree on the new Swarthmore brochure…

The Swarthmore Tree

The Swarthmore Tree

 and piles of flattened aluminium cans waiting to be made into leaves, based on artwork of people who’d contributed to the project via the Chat and Create sessions at Swarthmore and the recent Unity Day on Woodhouse Moor.

I’ve met Sue Bowden before and know her as a community arts worker, maker of stained glass & a planner of schemes to transform scruffy corners of the city into blooming gardens, so I wasn’t surprised to see her involved in this. It seems a winning combination. Who doesn’t like chatting? or creating? Plus the warm glow of recycling, and drinking Swarthmore tea…….

Summer sessions continue on Tuesday 3rd, 10th & 17th September from 10am – 12noon.

Then from September 24th the sessions will run Tuesdays 4pm – 6pm.


More learning about blogging about Swarthmore

Today at Swarthmore John Baron, one of the founders of the Leeds Wellbeing Web and reporter for The Guardian taught us about community reporting.

We learnt the basics in knowing how to find a story, write the story and how to add links and images.

At the moment, I do not have a story but I do have another poem.


Sigmund sniggered

In a schoolboy manner


By a dirty book.

When I told him

Of the dreams

It was like

Staring with love

At the ceiling

Of my mind.

But his response

Was disappointing.

‘When you were small,

Was your mother pretty?’

I soon tired of this farce

My temper was provoked

So I picked up

His dirty book –

And had a snigger


The consultation was done.

A waste of time

And a waste of money.

My friends had warned me.

These crackpots –

With their godless ideals.

My dreams were still

A mystery

And the daylight visions

Of the angel Gabriel

Hanging from a tree.

By Daniel Tavet

Singing My Way Well

Voices of the Day choir, Leeds

Singing with Voices of the Day, photo by Chris Sharples

Do you like to sing?  I have always loved singing, but my voice got lost about the time my primary school music teacher wouldn’t let me join the choir.

It’s surprising how many people, like me, have been told not to sing.  What’s not surprising is the negative effect this can have on self-esteem or confidence. Continue reading

Up-coming Chapel Allerton Arts Festivals

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival 2013, in Leeds is happening from:

Friday 30th August- Sunday 1st September.

On the Monday before (26th August), don’t miss the Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival!

Find out about this and more at Seven Arts Centre(Find 7 here).

Also to be found at Seven Arts: Poetry, Quizzes, Jazz nights, theatre productions…

Don’t miss out!

By A.L

Writing Poems

  I’ve always enjoyed writing and the creative urge.  I like poems for a few reasons.  I  like choosing and arranging the words and the rhythm of the poem.  It’s good when people relate to the poem.  I find writing poems can express inhibited emotions and opinions.  I go to a good creative writing class at Inkwell in Chapelallerton.



Long term,



Is the diagnosis.

Your thoughts of violence?


Your lurid fantasies?


Your misanthropy?


Get a job.

Go see a nice film.

Buy a Top Ten single.

You won’t be bored then.

In the interim, take these tablets

To be somebody else.

No, they’re not drugs.

They’re special tablets.

They won’t affect your body

It’ll just feel like somebody else’s.

Least you won’t be bored though.

Don’t take them with drink,

Unless you’re with friends

And in licensed premises.

Another appointment?


Take this.

You know the way out.

By Daniel Tavet