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New year, new stationery

New year, new stationery

As a writer, new stationery is always welcome. As much as possible, I like to buy sustainable stationery, dairies and notebooks that either support charities, local artisans or are eco-friendly and Fairtrade. Surprisingly, this is often inexpensive and can be much better value than buying mainstream. Living vibrantly calendar This year, I decided to kick-start the year with a beautifully painted calendar by Bristol-based artist, Fleur Barnfather. Each month comes with a stunning copy of one of Fleur’s paintings, an…

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Morning writing; setting yourself up for a great day

Morning writing; setting yourself up for a great day

Over the past nine months, I’ve been experimenting with morning writing. It’s not the first time I’ve used this style of writing, which is sometimes referred to as free flow or unconscious writing. However, this year my morning writing has taken a different course. For years, I have used writing as a technique to rant and get rid of stress and negative emotions without upsetting anyone else. I’ve also written to clarify my thoughts when I have needed to make…

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Writing for wellbeing: Inspiring female role models

Writing for wellbeing: Inspiring female role models

One of the NHS 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing is ‘give to others’ so, in today’s Creative Writing for Wellbeing session, I’ll be introducing Georgiana Essie Budgett OBE, to tie in with Remembrance Day. Georgiana was born on the outskirts of Bristol in 1867. By 1914, she was the founder of the Bristol branch of the Red Cross. After receiving a postcard from a Bristol POW telling her about the terrible conditions at the camp, she raised funds to send…

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