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
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.
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.
ZIGGY’S RIP OFF
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
‘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
And the daylight visions
Of the angel Gabriel
Hanging from a tree.
By Daniel Tavet
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
You’ve got until 24th August to win £75 and have your photo included in the 2013 Leeds in Bloom Calendar. Continue reading
I’m new to Leeds Wellbeing Web, just been getting logged on with help from Terry and Vicky. Hope to post more soon.
The social media surgeries are every month on the second Tuesday, from 3.30 – 5pm. And there is cake and coffee available!
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!
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.
Is the diagnosis.
Your thoughts of violence?
Your lurid fantasies?
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.
You know the way out.
By Daniel Tavet