Events for everyone this June
Throughout June, there will be a fantastic range of shows, workshops, recitals and concerts taking place in a variety of our town’s venues – including the Maltings – as part of Farnham Flash Festival 2018. Here we’ve got the low-down on some of our highlights and we talk to Joanna Barnard about new workshop Writing for Wellness.
Farnham Flash Festival at the Maltings
Next month features some summer treats including outdoor theatre with the Handbards performing their “seriously silly” Romeo & Juliet, music from Sound of the Sirens, a politics themed Comedy Club 4 Kids and we’ll be rounding off a packed month with thread…a festival of textiles.
We’re also promising perfect weather (fingers crossed!) on Sunday 03 June as we skip across the road for Dance in the Meadow. There will be an incredible line including performances by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Stopgap, as well as local dance groups and workshops to get everyone’s feet tapping.
Creative writing for wellness
One new workshop that’s been included this year for Farnham Flash Festival is Flash Fiction: Writing for Wellness. Joanna Barnard, a published author and therapist, will be exploring how we can use writing to improve our wellbeing. We caught up with her to find out more about what people can expect.
What do you do when you feel stressed out or in a low mood? Go for a run, take a long bath, scream and shout? What about putting pen to paper?
For as long as I can remember, creative writing has been a sort of therapy for me, although until recently I never would have thought about it in those terms. I’ve written stories seemingly ever since I was able to hold a pen, and in the last few years have been fortunate enough to have 2 novels published. I’m also now a trained counsellor and I’ve become increasingly interested in the links between creativity and mental health. I strongly believe that regularly expressing yourself through the written word, whether that’s in the form of a journal, a letter, poetry or prose, a blog or even a social media update, can be hugely beneficial for your emotional wellbeing.
In this two-hour workshop, we’ll look at some of the benefits of writing, as well as tackling some of the blocks that maybe stop us from scribing more regularly. We’ll try some simple, fun writing exercises that are designed to help self-expression and get the creative juices flowing! Absolutely no prior writing experience is necessary and you don’t have to read your work aloud, unless you want to!
Come along and experience the pleasure of writing in a relaxed, interactive workshop.