Welcome to the Bibliotherapy Toolkit

This toolkit has been put together for you! It has been created to aid you in enriching and extending your work when using stories, writing, and literary resources. Why a toolkit, you might ask?
Humans tell stories; humans listen to the stories of others; one story whether heard or read often prompts another story; and stories can be both highly personal and/or take the reader/hearer to places – both internal and external – that they have never been before or that are familiar and comforting. Hence, those that facilitate whatever the variation of reading, writing, or mixed reading and writing groups need to be attentive to ways to enrich and enliven their facilitation. So, welcome to the toolkit.

Foreword to Toolkit Website

by Kenneth Calman
Words are remarkable agents for change. When put together in stories, poems, plays and books, literature in whatever form, presents ideas, reflections and stimulates the imagination. One of my great heroes, Sir William Olser, a Canadian Physician, wrote that the writer uses words to bring him or her, “mind to mind” with the reader. Stories, books, poems are ways of connecting minds and people and making the reader think differently. Words can also be used to expand knowledge and assist learning, and in clinical care that works both ways. read more…

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A new website Blog for anyone interested in creativity in later life.
Autumn Voice Robin

Change – Loss – Grief — Healing
How to Facilitate groups using Literary Arts
alongside Visual Art, Music and Movement

A Residential Workshop for Experienced Facilitators AND Potential Trainers
of Reading, Writing and Storytelling for Wellbeing

2nd to 5th November 2017
Thursday from 5pm till Sunday 4pm
at Whatton Lodge, East Lothian


Emergency Poet

The world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service

A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. In the waiting room under an attached awning Nurse Verse dispenses poemcetamols and other poetic pills and treatments from the Cold Comfort Pharmacy. There are skulls, jars of eyeballs and other body parts inside the ambulance.

Dressed in white coat…