The Words For Well Being Project came about as a result of 3 years of working with women who were challenged with emotional and mental well-being issues and that had accessed the Express Yourself Creatively courses delivered by Creative Dream Time via the Well Women Centre. It’s aim was was to empower the female voice and work through emotional states and unblock that which stops us, as women, speaking our emotional truth.
Delivered over 10 sessions over 5 months and dovetailing into the 2017 Wakefield Lit Fest, the women have been taken on a journey of self discovery and have accessed different experiences that have enabled them to write, express and perform creatively. The celebration event in the afternoon of the 24th September was well attended by family, friends whilst the evening event, a performance, on a stage, lit and using microphones, to up to 100 people was nerve wracking. 80 percent of the WFWB women had never written poetry before, never mind performed, so the standing ovation for them at the end of their 15 minute performance was well deserved.
As Kate Fox (poet) says, ‘Women are often labelled as being unruly once they have found their voice and know how to express themselves well in public’ if indeed this is the case, then Dream Time Creative is proud to have launched another set of unruly women onto the public stage.
Video and Filming Credit to the amazing Amy Charles Media.