London Hearing Voices Network Meeting (online)

Posted on 03 May 2022

Poetry, self-Injury, and the language of distress

We are pleased to welcome Clare Shaw as our speaker for this LHVN Online Network Meeting.

Language matters. In this one-hour talk/ workshop, we’ll think about how we all communicate, and we’ll use interactive exercises to experience how creative writing can connect us and lift us. Clare will draw from their own personal journey of self-injury and psychiatry, using this to explore the impact of the medical language of disorder and dysfunction. Instead, we’ll work together to create a poetic, empowering language of human experience.

Speaker Biography: Clare Shaw

Clare has four poetry collections with Bloodaxe, and their latest collection Towards a General Theory of Love was published in May 2022. Clare is a poetry festival director, tutor and performer; they are also a survivor-activist with extensive experience of psychiatric wards and other aspects of the mental health system. They continue to work as a mental health trainer with a particular interest in self-injury, trauma, creativity and wellbeing. In collaboration with the novelist Winnie M Li, Clare received a Royal Society of Literature ‘Literature Matters’ Award in 2019, creating workshops and a free online resource for survivors of trauma. You can find the resource at this link:

LHVN Network Meetings

Network Meetings are an opportunity for you to bring to the meeting your ideas, needs & news for networking with others involved, however loosely, in the Hearing Voices Movement.

When we set up these meetings fifteen years ago, they were exclusively for Hearing Voices Group facilitators . Discussion revolved around specific difficulties, or triumphs, in the day-to-day facilitating roles of the facilitators attending. But we are now open to anyone interested, with discussions in the networking half (the 2nd half of the meeting) more focused on matters presented by the speaker in the first half. Please do bring news from your groups however, if you are involved in one, and feel free to make use of the space however you wish.

To register for your free place please click here.

You can find out more about LHVN here.

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