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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Words Work Well for All WorkshopsGlasgow Women’s Library: MAR 18 10:30 – 19:30

Writing workshops and buffet lunch provided.


10.30 – 11.00 Tea and Coffee, Welcome

11.00 – 12.30 Workshop 1 (choice of 3)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch and Networking

14.00 – 14.30 Lapidus Scotland AGM (all welcome)

14.30 – 15.00 Keynote Speaker

15.00 – 16.30 Workshop 2 (choice of 3)

16.30 – 17.00 Tea and Coffee break

17.00 – 19.30 Magi Gibson will read from her new book Washing Hugh McDiarmid’s Socks, followed by Open Mic

Please do bring work that you would like to read at the Open Mic – all welcome!

Kirkcaldy Galleries


A Creative Reading and Writing Day
Activity Room, Kirkcaldy Galleries
Saturday, 25 March 2017 from 10:30 to 15:30
Facilitated by Maureen Sangster
This day will appeal to writers, storytellers and all those interested in the creative use of the written and spoken word for well-being.
A day of valuing words, of being authentic and freeing yourself from pressure, the morning workshop 10.30 – 12.30am will offer a chance to respond to reading round the theme of Taking Time while the afternoon 1.30 – 3.30pm will provide playful and meditative opportunities to write and discover the self.Maureen Sangster is a writer and artist. Her most recent work is an audio book The Caerlaverock Cat, a tale in the Scots language. She also facilitates writing groups and a monthly crime fiction book group.


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…