Getting our thoughts down on paper, expressing our feelings – all good things for our mental health. Sharing our stories with others is a big step. Going into print another step again.
Burleigh Street Writers in Govan have just published their new anthology ‘Footprints’, a fine collection full of warmth, humour and emotion. The launch at Gallery 966 in Govan Road was part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, and the works embraced the Festival theme of “take a walk in my shoes”. Around twenty-five people crowded into the small venue – the gallery is an interesting visit in itself – as group members read selections from this, their second publication. Memorable pieces including ‘When People Look At Me…’, ‘Cherry Blossom’, ‘Surgical Boots’, ‘I Knew They Were Lying When They Said…’ were read along with a eulogy for the late Jimmy Reid, a witty remembrance of learning Scottish Country dancing for the “qually dance”, and much more. I found myself greatly entertained throughout and, on more than occasion, quite moved by the honesty of the feelings expressed.
All credit goes to the writers for their excellent work, and to Nikki Cameron for facilitating the workshops and editing the anthology. For more information on Burleigh Street Writers you can contact Linda Entwistle at Platforum or visit the website at www.platforum.org.uk. Or you can download a copy direct from Kindle: simply type “Footrpints, Burleigh Street Writers” into the search at Amazon and you can purchase your very own copy from there – it’ll be well worth it.
Community Reporter Team