Brenda Read-Brown

Gloucestershire Poet Laureate, 2012-2013

Residencies

Residencies – as Writer / Poet

  • Writer in residence, Shrewsbury prison, 2008-2013.
  • Writer in residence for Apollo project, Cheltenham Hospital Oncology Unit, 2008-2014.
  • Writer in Residence at Alton Street GP surgery, Ross-on-Wye, as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival community programme, 2010-12.
  • Writer in Residence at Watledge GP surgery, Tewkesbury, as part of the Gloucestershire Art-Lift arts-in-health project, 2009-12, and Jesmond House surgery, 2012.
  • Writer for POPPs project, working with older people in a Gloucestershire care home, April-June 2008.
  • Writer for An Extraordinary Day project, working with eight groups of gifted and talented pupils in Solihull, in association with the Birmingham Book festival; March 2008.
  • Poet in Residence for Wychwood Festival, 2008.
  • Writer in Residence with Age UK, Ross-on-Wye, as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival community programme, autumn 2010.
  • Writer in Residence for older people in association with Ledbury Poetry Festival, 2008-9.


• Poet in Residence for Wychwood Festival, 2008.
• Writer in Residence with Oncology Inpatients, Cheltenham Hospital, spring 2008.
• Writer in Residence with BBC / Booktrust Everybody Writes project; this involved running a writing club for year 6 pupils, and writing notes for a BBC website on running creative writing clubs for children and young people.
• Writer in Residence with Oncology Outpatients, Cheltenham Hospital, as part of the Gloucestershire Art-Lift arts-in-health project, 2007.
• Writer in Residence for older people in association with Ledbury Poetry Festival, 2006-7.
• Writer in Residence for Dorset, October 2005 – June 2006. This included co-ordinating tutors, venues and publicity for six 10-week creative writing courses (one of which I am running) and six masterclasses for adults; running 6 full days of creative writing workshops for children; devising and creating a creative writing training pack for teachers.
• Writer in residence for Age Concern intergenerational project, May – October 2005, working with three age groups, and culminating in a performance at Cheltenham Literature Festival.
• Poet in hospitals, Gloucestershire, October 2005 – working with stroke victims, and performing on wards with a saxophonist.
• Poet with Cheltenham Flats project, spring 2005; cross-disciplinary project with a visual artist and a new media artist.
• Writer in Residence, Age Concern Gloucestershire, February – October 2004, working with older people, and culminating in readings at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
• Writer with NEMLAC project – creative writing with adults with literacy difficulties, January – September 2004.
• Writer for NESA JustArt combined arts project, working with young offenders and victims, February – June 2004.
• Creative writing tutor with Smoking Cessation Group, Cirencester, October-November 2003.
• Resident poet in local schools as part of Stroud Diversity Festival, May-June 2003.
• Creative writing tutor for seniors, Chipping Norton Theatre, 2002-2004.
• Writer / animateur for schools’ songs project with the Brodsky String Quartet, autumn 2002 – spring 2003.
• Resident poet working in local hospitals, Cheltenham Literature Festival outreach programme, 2002.
• Resident poet with a Bristol nursery school as part of the Bristol Education Action Zone project (autumn 2001).
• Reader in Residence with a group of carers, with Gloucestershire Libraries & a Dursley doctors’ surgery, spring 2006.
• Reader in Residence for Gloucestershire WI Big Read project, October 2005 – June 2006.
• Reader in Residence, Booktrust Bookscapes project, 2005-2006, working with young mums-to-be to develop a creative response to reading.
• Reader in Residence and IT project officer for older people in Gloucestershire, September 2004 – May 2005.
• Professional reading group leader, Chipping Norton Theatre, 2003-2005.
• Reader in Residence for the BBC Big Read project in association with BookTrust, summer 2003.
• Reader in Residence for Young People, Gloucestershire, 2002-2003.
• Reader in Residence for the Third Age, Worcestershire, 2002.
• Writer in Residence for older people in association with Ledbury Poetry Festival, 2008-9.
• Writer in residence, Shrewsbury prison, 2008-2010.
• Writer in residence for Apollo project, Cheltenham Hospital Oncology Unit, 2008-2011.
• Poet in Residence for Wychwood Festival, 2008.


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