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New book captures tales from a hospice

06 June 2018

Day therapy patients and staff from Nottinghamshire Hospice have shared their stories to be part of a book.

Life’s Whispers has been funded by the Arts Council and will be published this month. The  stories in the book range from a single mum's experience with an autistic child to a woman’s fight to become the nurse she dreamed of being. 

Kerry Lovell, Occupational Therapist at Nottinghamshire Hospice, describes putting the book together:

 “The project involved thinking about the many pivotal moments in our lives and choosing just one experience to develop into a story. This allows a significant moment in each person’s life to be recalled and treasured.

“I have really enjoyed listening to the stories as they have developed. Some are packed with humour, but more often they are poignant and uncover a part of us that we do not always want to show or talk about directly.

“It has given our patients a great boost to be involved in this project and to see their work in print. We hope to continue with therapeutic writing as an activity now that the project is over.”

Facilitator Victoria Villasenor from Global Wordsmiths CIC, who ran the eight-week project with her colleague Nicci Robinson, says:

“The stories are all deeply personal, heartfelt, and show the depth of experience running through the hospice. 

“There is evidence that creative writing can help people make sense of their emotions and is in itself a therapeutic process. Capturing people’s stories in print is valuable not just for the patients but also as a legacy for their loved ones.”

Authors will read extracts from their work at the book’s launch at Waterstones in Nottingham on Saturday 9 June. 

For more information visit Nottinghamshire Hospice

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