Speaking from and of the heart
The two poems printed below represent work that is about health and wellbeing in different ways. The first project was about community wellbeing – connections formed between people expressing and sharing moments in their lives in a creative way. Some were patients in healthcare settings and had accessed the project – and different arts practices – through the healthcare environment.
I wrote Heart for the Heartfelt art project organised by artist Jan Connett in 2010.The Heartfelt project invited contributors to make a heart that represented a significant, life- changing moment, or an emotional thread, running through life over time; then to attach a label, telling the story of that moment or thread. Together, these pieces created a powerful collection: unique events that nevertheless touch us through our common experience.