04 October 2012
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
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
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
can view an electronic copy of the anthology here. You can also
purchase a copy from Amazon.