Lydia Fulleylove


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poet & writer

Comments from
course participants:

"You are a confidence builder, idea giver, poem inspirer, thought provoker, door opener"

"Enjoyed the whole day and now realise I can write"

"Really well planned day with activities flowing one into another"

"All the activities were transferrable. Can't wait to get back and try them with young people
in my own setting"

young people at a writing workshop




I aim to give participants confidence to play with ideas, take risks and express themselves in fresh ways.

WOODLAND WALKS (March to July 2019) was a community arts, health and landscape project on the Isle of Wight, inspired by the woodland at Quarr Abbey and by the grounds of St Mary's Hospital. It was led by myself and artist Liz Tate in partnership with Healing Arts. We set out to nurture creative response, a sense of wonder and greater awareness of the natural world, and to increase physical and mental well being, both through direct contact with the beauty around us and through writing and visual image. Read more here...

WRITING FOR WELL BEING funded by Public Health 2013 - 2015. This is a group introducing people who have recently experienced mental ill health to the benefits of engaging in creative activity and discovering their own personal creativity.

WRITING WORKSHOPS IN HMP ISLE OF WIGHT Ongoing workshops and project that aims to give members of the prison community the opportunity to develop awareness of the creative potential within themselves

ESTUARY 2011 - 2012 Co-led by Lydia and artist Colin Riches, funded by Arts Council England and West Wight Landscape Project. This exciting combined arts project developed the professional practice of a writer and a visual artist, at the same time as involving young people and adults with little access to the arts in ground-breaking creative activities in a unique natural setting. It was set on the farm estate which completely surrounds the tidal River Yar estuary on the west of the Isle of Wight. Go to the Estuary website

FLASHBACK 2010 a project for Support Centre users, funded by West Wight Landscape Partnership and to produce posters inspired by three interior landscapes where people have created and invented.

CREEK AND COAST 2009 a project for Support Centre users, funded by West Wight Landscape Partnership. Writing and visual images inspired by the West Wight Landscape, created by carers and support centre users and celebrated in packs of A5 postcards.

WILD PLACES 2007 - 2008 An Arts Council England funded exploration of wild places without and within ourselves with the prisoners of HMP Isle of Wight, creating book, audio drama CD and exhibition.

SHIPSHAPE 2005 -2006 An Arts Council England funded celebration of the sea in words, art and music with prisoners of HMP Isle of Wight, Albany, exhibited at the Quay Arts Centre.

RIVERLINES 2004 Writing and visual images inspired by the streams and rivers of the Isle of Wight and created by members of Healing Arts supported groups.

CURIOUS CRAFT 2005 A project for 12 to 14 year olds integrating sculpture/boat-making and writing, in collaboration with writer Philip Gross and artist Zelie Gross

LITERATURE AND LANDSCAPE 2002 A practical course for managers of Field Study Centres