Once again the women of Swindon are gathering to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March.
A packed programme of workshops, art and craft displays, talks, poetry recitals, singing and dancing is planned to take place around the Central Library and Art Galleries adjacent to Regent’s Circus.
The theme of the day is RESPECT NOT VIOLENCE – taking a stand against violence against women – and the Balloon Launch at 1pm will represent the hopes of Swindon’s men and women that RESPECT will always win through.
I’ll be running a short journaling workshop at 1.30 on the 2nd floor of the Library – so come along and learn how to discover your inner icon through reflective writing.
Look forward to seeing you!
It’s been a wonderful day celebrating womanhood with other Swindon women here in our corner of north east Wiltshire.
The workshop was warm, companionable and productive, with everyone participating in journaling exercises using the following kick-off phrases:
The best thing about being a woman is…
I can’t imagine living without…
The most important thing to me is…
The simplest step I can take next is…
And we also tried communing with our creative selves using the prompt Dear Creative Self. Two or three of our number discovered that our creativity is a bit narked that we aren’t making better use of it!
Before the Day draws to a close, try writing a letter to womanhood, addressing it Dear Sister. What message can you glean from her?
And last but not least thanks to all those lovely ladies who came along to the workshop today. You make my work a joy.
I am so thrilled to have been invited to lead a mini journaling workshop at Swindon’s International Women’s Day event on 8 March.
The event organiser, a wonderful lady named Rosa Matheson, who’s a historian, author and keen charity campaigner on behalf of a Nepalese orphanage and for the empowerment of Nepalese women, has triumphed again with her fabulous ideas about tapping into the talents of local creative women for the benefit of those on the other side of the world.
The 100 Women Book Project first saw the light of day about two years ago. It was the result of an a-ha moment for Rosa – an idea about getting women here to help women there, by writing about a day in their life and compiling the stories into a book to sell.
One of the entries in that book was written by yours truly. I was honoured to be asked to contribute, and to feel part of a creative endeavour that is so much greater than a book. The more I think about the concept of women creating something together for the sake of other women the more excited I get.
So in early March we will begin to wake up more Swindon women to their own inner resourcefulness and creativity. There will be the opportunity to try both artistic and reflective journaling on the day, and it remains to be seen what new project ideas might spark as a result.
Journaling enables us to express our “real me”. It gives us the tools to begin to make our dreams a reality, and to get really clear on what actions we can take that give us most joy and fulfilment. And here in the west we can readily find the means to achieve our heart’s desire, receive an education and find sustaining employment. Whereas in the east, and particularly in Nepal, women are expected to be at home, bringing up families or looking after aging parents, often in the direst poverty, resulting in more and more children having to be “abandoned” to orphanages or to fend for themselves on the streets.
So to be part of an “empowering women” event is a great privilege, and to explore what that means through reflective journaling is even better.
Our journals help us uncover powers we never knew we had. Who knows what Swindon women might yet unleash on the world?