Looking to sharpen your storytelling? Perhaps you’re thinking of entering our creative writing competition, My City, My Home? Join our online ZOOM workshop and learn tips and tricks for writing poetry, prose and short stories from award-winning writer, Polly Wright.
Polly Wright is a theatre director, occasional performer, facilitator, writer, lecturer, and researcher. She studied at the University of Birmingham and the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Following a short career as a professional actress, she co-founded Women and Theatre in Birmingham, where she co-wrote and performed cabaret sketches and plays. In 2003 she set up The Hearth Centre, where she is Artistic Director. The primary aim of the centre is to use the arts to animate key issues in mental health, social care and the humanities, and to promote well being.
She has since written eight plays, all of which have been professionally produced for Hearth. Hearth has been recognized for the excellence of its work, and was shortlisted for a 2008 Mind Media Award for its acclaimed tour of work in Northern Ireland. Polly herself was shortlisted as a Mental Health Hero in 2010. She has published seven short stories and poetry with Tindal Street Press, and was shortlisted for the Birmingham Poet Laureate.
In 2007 the Hearth Centre was granted contracts to develop Reading for Well Being in secure and community for mental health settings in Birmingham. Since 2007 she has developed a shared reading approach, and lectures on this internationally. Polly has taught in secondary schools and adult and higher education. She has previously been a part time lecturer in Clinical Communication Studies and Literature and Drama in Medicine at the University of Birmingham. She has an Msc in Health Promotion, and has been commissioned by health agencies to write several studies, in which drama was used as a method of social research into service provision and health perceptions. She has published articles on the subject, and is on the editorial board of the Arts and Health journal Policy and Practice.
Polly’s work has been shortlisted for the following awards:
The MIND Media Award in 2007 for tour of Northern Ireland of Revolving Door
The Depression Alliance Award in 2012
The Arts in Public Health Award in 2012 awarded by the RSPH
How To Book
You will also be sent the ZOOM link the day before the workshop. Please note you will need to have access to the ZOOM meeting app on your mobile device or computer.
Please note: Participants will need to have pen/pencil and paper to hand.
My City My Home Creative Writing Competition
To read more about the competition, submission deadline and prizes available, please visit My City My Home – Creative Writing Competition.
My City My Home is part of Transforming Narratives, a ground-breaking three- year project to establish Birmingham as a global centre for contemporary arts from Pakistan and Bangladesh
My City My Home, is also part of Sampad’s Sakshi (meaning Witness in Hindi) strand launched in 2018. Running until 2022 Sakshi will deliver a series of projects which focus on girls and women, to involve them in creative projects and to get their voices heard through the arts.