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‘This pain is not just our own’: A writing workshop on gendered health

9 March @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

‘This pain is not just our own’: A writing workshop on gendered health & imagining collective responses

We can often feel alone in our pain, but in this writing workshop we will be with it together. The title quote is taken from Rachael Boast’s poetry anthology which speaks to living with chronic illness at a time of global crisis. In this workshop, we will be unearthing the scale of our personal and collective suffering. We will start with discussions of illness but expand outwards, thinking about how our bodies are entangled with the world around us. From this, we will explore how together we can build caring, creative and communal responses.

We will do this through creative writing exercises, both poetry and creative non-fiction. You don’t need to have written about this before, or have any particular skill level or experience to take part.

The workshop will take place on March 9th, at 1pm-3pm, as part of the International Women’s Day events at The Community Works. All materials will be provided.

The session will be facilitated by Rachel Piper (she/they), author of Care Curriculum, who will be drawing on her background in co-producing healthcare services with those with lived experience, her work in building movements for health justice, as well as her Gender Studies MA research into the politics of both solidarity and ecology surrounding Endometriosis.

We are in the process of also organising an online version of this event for those unable to attend in person. Dates and more details to be announced soon.

This workshop is brought to you by LIT, a reading and writing group for group for cis and trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and people of other minority genders to share their own work and the work of others.

The Oxford Poetry Library is an accessible space but please do contact us in advance if you have specific requirements. You can email us about this or with any questions about the workshop at oxfordpoetrylibary@gmail.com


The Community Works
21 Park End Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1HH United Kingdom


Oxford Poetry Library

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