Participants: People in Recovery from Substance Misuse Issues
Lead artist: Christina Thatcher
Location: Solas Cymru (Pobl Group), Cardiff & Little Man Coffee Company, Cardiff
Further info: Poet and workshop leader Christina Thatcher led six creative writing workshops for people in recovery from substance misuse issues in Cardiff. The workshops linked to Footsteps to Recovery’s aim to reintegrate those in recovery back into the workforce and community and focus on learning craft, developing literacy, building confidence and improving analysis and writing skills, as well as working towards a showcase event at Little Man Coffee Company where participants were invited to read and display their work for the wider community.
About Christina Thatcher: Christina Thatcher is a part-time teacher and PhD student at Cardiff University where she studies how creative writing can impact the lives of people bereaved by addiction. Christina keeps busy off campus too as the Poetry Editor for The Cardiff Review and as a freelance workshop facilitator and festival coordinator.
Her poetry and short stories have featured in a number of publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, The Interpreter’s House and more.
Her first collection, More than you were, was shortlisted in Bare Fiction’s Debut Poetry Collection Competition in 2015 and published by Parthian Books in 2017.