04 October 2012

Nottingham Children's Hospital anthology launch

Nottingham Children's Hospital anthology launch

A writer in residence has helped young patients at Nottingham Children's Hospital to produce the first ever hospital anthology of poems and short stories.

The anthology, One Door Closes, Another Door Opens, was launched at the Nottingham Council House on Wednesday 3 October in front of the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Nottingham.

Nottingham based poet, Mahendra Solanki has spent 16 weeks running workshops with patients, teaching them how to write poems and short stories about their condition and experiences of hospital.

Mahendra said: "I have worked as a writer with many groups over the last thirty years in a range of different environments. Rarely has it been as satisfying or joyous as this."

The scheme has been arranged by the charity First Story. Arranging for acclaimed authors to run weekly creative-writing workshops , First Story aims to celebrate and foster creativity, literacy and talent in young people.

The anthology launch featured readings from young people involved in the project and the NUH Youth Service staff who have been instrumental in organising the workshops, as well as getting involved themselves.

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Donna Hilton, NUH Youth Service Manager, said: "This has been a great opportunity for young people who access hospital services in Nottingham to express themselves through writing; enabling them to have a voice to express their views, opinions and empowering stories about their lives."

Nottingham Children's Hospital became the first children's hospital to take part in the scheme after Angela Horsley, Clinical Lead attended the launch of First Story in January.

Angela said: "Today when caring for children and young people, it is important to consider the person as a whole, rather than only focusing on healthcare needs. To be the first children's hospital in the UK to work with First Story is a real statement of our commitment to do just that."

Thank you to Nottingham Hospitals Charity for funding the project.

You can view an electronic copy of the anthology here. You can also purchase a copy from Amazon.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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