• How to write about painful emotions or memories in a safe and effective way text over black white picture person writing. Over gold hexagon and gracequantock.com below

    How to write about painful emotions or memories in a safe and effective way

    Hi, I’m Grace, a psychotherapeutic counsellor and writer. Writing can feel incredibly therapeutic. Often we get a feeling of catharsis when we write freely. Mostly we have a craving to be heard, be witnessed, to re-write the narrative, to find some control and power in painful times.  But because it’s so powerful, I believe we need to approach it safely.  Many people are exploring creative writing for mental health and I’m sharing here how to do that safely. I’ve created this video to teach about approaching the initial process of writing – that first impulse – in a trauma-informed way that’s artistically engaged. In this video, you’ll learn: – The…

  • Love or something like it

    Love or Something Like It: Exploring Where Ableism & Racism Erase Sexuality

    I had just turned 17 when I saw Linus standing across the road from me. It was an astonishing moment, like recognising someone I’d never met; I’d never seen anyone I considered so handsome. We were both in the city to meet mutual friends, and though we barely spoke to each other that day, our friends started plotting to get us together. This was somewhat daunting. I’d never had a partner before – I’d never really dated. I liked libraries and wasn’t too keen on humans. I’m neurodiverse as well as physically disabled and found people much less interesting (and more difficult to understand) than books. My friends were persistent,…

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    10 Inclusive Card Decks For Creative Journalling & Self-Reflection

    We are all seeking guidance and looking for reflections of ourselves. It’s the moment of validation – we see ourselves somewhere and in recognising our shape in another, we see ourselves as we are. Maybe we welcome a little bit more of ourselves (that’s why I believe in disability representation & share pictures of my daily life as a wheelchair user). But what happens when our options to see ourselves reflected feels limited? When we aren’t in magazines, or books, or on social media nearly enough? I have loved and used tarot and oracle cards for many years, but I have never loved them more than during this new surge…

  • 2020 Workshops: Creative Therapeutic Journalling As Resource & Ally in World Building Text under photo of round table with candle and journalling/art supplies scattered on it.

    2020 Workshops: Creative Therapeutic Journalling As Resource & Ally in World Building

    Dear ones, I have 2 creative therapeutic journalling workshops scheduled in 2020. I’d love for you to join me. If you are interested in exploring journalling for your mental health or your artistic practice, let’s do this. I anticipate both workshops will sell out, there are limited places due to the deep, interactive nature of the work and I don’t plan to run these again until 2021. If this is for you, book your space below. If you’d like to hear when the next workshops are available & get my monthly love & wellness letters, sign up for Postcards From The Margins here. Therapeutic Art Journal Retreat: Explore the healing…

  • Grace and Gratitude List: High Summer While Shielding Edition - text next to photo of wildflower meadow with poppies and cornflowers

    Gratitude & Grace List: High Summer While Shielding Edition

    Inspired by my dear friend Gala Darling, I’m taking my love lists out of my (hot pink) journal and sharing them with you. It’s an odd time to look at things I am grateful for, because normal I catalogue small joys here. At this time, I’m deeply aware of the position of privilege I hold and to be able to think about small pleasures is great good fortune in this painful time. I also hold that I am focussing on small pleasures because, like many, I haven’t seen anyone outside my household in 5 months. I’m still shielding, still navigating the risk during this pandemic as a disabled woman. Here are some…

  • There is a charge for the eyeing of my scars, marginalised voices writing about our pain. Tuesday 28th July 2020. 10am to 1pm via Zoom. Transcripts will be available after the class.

    New Workshop: There Is a Charge For the Eyeing Of My Scars: Marginalised Voices Writing About Pain

    We are seeing an increasing awareness of the need to centre of voices of people of colour, disabled, LGBTIAQ+ and many others who have been excluded. However, the invitations for marginalised folks to speak/write/share can put us at risk as they do not always take into account the micro aggressions and structural inequities which excluded us for generations. Quite simply, adding more diversity to the status quo isn’t the solution. But while the structures are unfit and unsafe, we still want to speak and occupy space. In this workshop we explore how to do that in a way that’s effective and safe for each of us. We’ll reflect on and…

  • Literature Wales and Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales Commission

    Literature Wales, in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales, are pleased to announce the names of the writers commissioned following the second call-out for engaging literary content and projects for audiences. The second round of funding for Writer Commissions in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales was launched on 4 May. The focus for this round was health and wellbeing. Literature is frequently used therapeutically, as preventative, palliative, and curative medicine for some illnesses and disabilities. Cumulatively, potential outcomes of literature and creative writing contribute to improved well-being for individuals, our society, economy, and culture and are crucial to the vibrancy of our national cultural narrative.…

  • Occupied Country: Marginalised Bodies in Virtual and Physical Wales

    Occupied Country: Marginalised Bodies in Virtual and Physical Wales

    I’ve been pulled into lots of unwanted conversations lately; someone, usually a middle-class white person, speaks passionately about how difficult the lockdown is for them.  I’m afraid I’m out of patience with these comments already. I wonder if people like this have never had their movements or liberty constrained before. I don’t know what that’s like. Do they have any friends/family who aren’t white and/or wealthy and/or non-disabled?  Or if they do, perhaps they aren’t the kind of friend you can tell things. I’m not appeasing anyone who managed to ignore the feelings of marginalised folx around themselves up to this point. “I didn’t know” also means “I wasn’t listening”.  These conversations…

  • Self-help for queer lock down, coping without community

    Self-Help for Queer Lockdown: Coping Without Community

    You were never only a mirror. But I caught glimpses of myself in you; warm slices of colour you handed to me each time we met. I was an unfolding thing then, furled, bent winged; now unbound. We mirrors are tended, precious breaths.  Did you notice them across the room and were caught off guard by the attraction that unfurled through your body?  Maybe your feelings for a friend grew until ‘the best friend I love’ became ‘the one I love best’ and a life together.  Perhaps the wonderings and images that threaded the margins of your dreams wove into a sense of self until you saw and named it…

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    Edges: Coronavirus & Marginalisation

    Welcome to the margins. I’d hoped never to see you here – and I see many more arriving behind you. With vulnerable people still told to stay indoors for their protection, many are feeling worried about exactly which category they fall into. I’ve witnessed many people performing extravagant mental gymnastics to reassure themselves that guidelines don’t apply to ‘people like them’. Before lockdown began on March 23, many people saw themselves as capable adults like any others, not as ‘vulnerable’. But then the rules changed. That is something those of us on the margins know a lot about. I realise that back in March many people may not have known…

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