Personal Effects

A friendly writing project hosted by Tonic Health, supported by Writing East Midlands in partnership with Transported Arts.

Personal Effects is a series of FREE writing workshops using objects to explore our world and to write about who we are through this experience.

Working with two local writers, Sonya Hundal and Lynne McEwan, these workshops will investigate our senses in response to a random and varied collection of objects: familiar household items and pieces of technology alongside things from the natural world. We will consider the origins of our chosen items and record the associations and memories they hold for us. We will wonder about where we might place these precious things for safe-keeping and we will write letters to the future. We will create possible time-capsules and imagine the museums that would display the objects of significance from our own lives.

Come and join us as we journey to the past and to the future through the things we treasure in our everyday lives.

About the project

Personal Effects is part of the Elder Tree project, a three-year, region-wide residency programme, which is empowering groups of people aged 55 and over to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers.

Led by Writing East Midlands, the Elder Tree project is being delivered by a consortium which includes Creative People and Places, First Art and Made in Corby, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and Museum Development East Midlands, working with non-arts focussed organisations Age UK, Orders of St John Care Trust and University of the Third Age.