THE HEDGE ARTS PROJECT. INSPIRING CREATIVITY THROUGH NATURE.
APRIL 2018|latest news:
Hear our founder Bernadette McBride being interviewed live on BBC Radio Merseyside: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p062cst1#play simply go to 01:23 mins along on the programme to hear the interview!
Also, please see the blog to read all about our outdoor writing workshop series and to view the first event photos. Thanks to all who attended :)
The next event will take place at the University of Liverpool for Wellbeing Week 2018 - see the UoL website for details.
In November 2017 our idea for a social enterprise was awarded start-up funding and business support from the Green Guild at the University of Liverpool. We won the Green Guild Social Enterprise Challenge after presenting an idea to the judges for a project that aims to tackle environmental inequality, educate around green issues, whilst inspiring creativity through nature. The project aims to achieve this by combining creative writing workshops with green projects.
Several studies have been conducted that show the positive physical and mental health benefits of being outside and taking part in green projects, whilst similar studies have also shown the positive physical and mental health benefits of Creative Writing.
In this ever-digital age, there has been a rise in physical and mental health problems in adults and children alike, whilst environmental issues are at the forefront of the current news, global policies, and community agendas.
The Hedge Arts Project aims to creatively engage children and adults to inspire them to be the authors of their ‘own story’, in contrast to the powerlessness often felt by individuals when discussing green issues such as climate change.
We have rolled out the first of our schools projects this year at LIPA Primary School in Liverpool, and we plan to continue these sessions across schools in Merseyside and beyond, alongside other community initiatives.
LIPA PRIMARY SCHOOL GREEN-CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS:
In 2018 we worked with LIPA Primary School offering a series of creative writing classes for the children in the year 1 group around their curriculum map ‘Into the Woods’. The children retold the story of Little Red Riding Hood in their own words and made a pictorial narrative ‘model village’ of the story using recycled objects to make the figures of red riding hood and the wolf and other characters, whilst using planting skills to grow the woods.
Some feedback from the headteacher:
‘The production of the story book given to each class was magical and inspired the children to the thought of them being authors in the real world’. ‘Bernadette instilled the concept of reusing plastics and such like in a fun way without a direct teaching session being necessary’. - Greg Parker, LIPA Primary School
THE BLUEBELL WOODS POETRY COMPETITION FOR AINTREE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS:
On Saturday 21st April 2018 we will be launching a community nature writing competition which will incorporate an outdoor creative writing workshop. We have developed this project for Aintree University Hospital NHS, to encourage patients, staff and the public to use their NHS forest attached to the site. The competition details are as follows:
Poetry Competition - ‘Friends of Bluebell Wood’ 21st Birthday
Opens - Saturday 21st April 2018 to Midnight on Monday 21st May
Outdoor ‘Writing Workshop’ in Bluebell Woods 21st April 12-2pm
Meeting point: outside the Elective Care Centre which is plot 15 on the hospital site map.
Poems of any style exploring the themes of ‘nature’ and ‘friendship’.
Winning poems will be inscribed on a natural wood sculpture installed to mark the ‘Friends of Bluebell Wood’ 20th anniversary and winners will receive a £50 Waterstones book voucher.
Runners-up will receive a planting kit, and their work will be displayed within the hospital.
Age categories: Under 18yrs, under 75, over 75
The competition will be judged by author Frank Cottrel-Boyce and The Hedge Arts Project team.
Please submit entries by email to: PARTIA@aintree.nhs.uk with
the subject heading ‘Poetry Competition’.
If you would like us to tailor a green-creative writing project for your school or organisation please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org