Touching the Soul:  An Exhibition of the Arts: October 7th, 8th & 9th 2011, Sheffield

This is an arts exhibition being staged at the Jessop West exhibition space to mark World Mental Health Day. All exhibits are produced by users of mental health services in Sheffield, and will include visual and 3d art, as well as film, poetry and music. The event is organised by the Creative Arts Steering Team of the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, with assistance from the Storying Sheffield project. The exhibition is open to the public and admission is free. More details here.

Waking Voices: Writing Coma and Brain Injury: October 17th, 18.00, Sheffield

This event will launch ‘Head-Lines’ – an anthology of creative writing produced by members of The Write Way, a Sheffield-based writing group whose members have experienced coma, brain injury, or both. Head-Lines is an eclectic mix of poetry and prose exploring a vast array of post-coma experiences and ways of coping with brain injury. At this official launch event, some of the writers will perform live readings and discuss their work and experiences.

The event will take place on Monday October 17th (18.00-19.30) in the Jessop West Exhibition Space. It is organised by Matt Colbeck, a researcher in the School of English whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to the representation of trauma and illness in literature. Matt works particularly closely with writers who themselves suffer from cognitive disabilities. The event is free and forms part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading. More details can be found here.

Arts and Health Showcase & Conference, October 12, Stoke on Trent

This conference will be the culmination of the West Midlands Autumn Arts and Health festival 2011. It aims to provide a forum for discussion on arts and health practice across the region, build on existing links and networks and examine local infrastructure to establish what provision is still required to support artists, organisations and good practice. Full details are available here.



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