Celebrating Black History using Poetry and Therapeutic Writing

Monday 18 October 2021

In times of crisis and uncertainty, poetry can bring comfort and healing.


“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” Malcolm X

Black History Month is an annual observance that takes place in October in the U.K. and commemorates the history and achievements of members of the black community.

Whilst it is essential we embrace the contributions of black people all year, I will be celebrating Black History Month 2021, by facilitating a therapeutic writing workshop focusing on self-care and resilience.

We will use carefully selected poems from British African and Caribbean poets as springboards for writing, reflection, and conversation.

All our welcome.

No prior knowledge of poetry or expressive writing is required; you simply need to be to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment.

About Charmaine

Charmaine Pollard is an experienced poetry therapist, and life coach. She has recently collaborated with The National Archives, Stillpoint Spaces and The British Museum to facilitate a workshop that combined therapeutic writing with archival research to address the topic of racism, colonialism and empire.


The workshop will take place online, in a closed group on Zoom. All you need is a laptop/ iPad/computer/phone to join. You will be sent a Zoom link 48 hours prior to the event.

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