Personal Effects

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

Personal Effects was 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 investigated 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 considered the origins of our chosen items and record the associations and memories they hold for us. We wondered about where we might place these precious things for safe-keeping and we will write letters to the future. We created possible time-capsules and imagined the museums that would display the objects of significance from our own lives.

About the project

Personal Effects was 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 was 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.