The third Hampshire Festival of the Mind is funded by Awards for All for 2018. The first part of the Festival took place in May and included events in Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Gosport and Havant.
Further events are being planned in Southampton for September, and the Isle of Wight in October.
It was followed by an evening social event at the Square Tower from 7.30pm, featuring Sally Strawberry, WordBass and Walker Broad. Free entry and collection for bands.
Here is the full programme of Festival events in May. Scroll down for more information about each event.
Wed 9 May
Good Mental Health Cafe
A new monthly drop-in event where people can find out what’s available in local communities to help with good mental health, wellbeing and recovery.
2 – 7pm – Portsmouth Central Library – 3rd Floor
Thurs 10 May
“This is an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound, which works exceptionally well. It is a challenging, painfully open account of a daughter’s addiction, yet it’s an account which also offers graceful good humour. Beautifully written and uncompromising, it’s a modern story that we felt the writer was compelled to tell; it acts as a vivid witness of harsh experiences which aren’t often described in poetry, and Maggie Sawkins’ illuminating descriptions will prove helpful for others to hear.” Denise Riley
Venue: Quay Arts, 15 Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD
Box Office: 01983 822490
Sat/Sun 12/13 May
This year, Hullabaloo will see a wellbeing area under the Festival of the Mind banner, featuring the Human Library and stalls from local groups and enterprises supporting good mental health and recovery.
Sandown, Isle of Wight
Tues 15 May
S.A.D. Portsmouth is an open access group offering support to individuals and the friends and families of those currently dealing with the effects of stress, anxiety and depression.
Meets weekly at Broad Oak Social Club, Airport Service Road, Portsmouth PO3 5PB.
7.30 – 9.30pm
Wed 16 May
Beating the Blues
Chase those blues away with a good old sing!
If you get a bit down sometimes, feel isolated or want to improve your health, come along and join in the singing. No previous experience necessary!
Meets weekly 10.30 – 12.30
Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park, Eastney, PO4 9SU
Thurs 17 May
An opportunity to relax, socialise, and enjoy exploring creative activities such as mindful colouring, collage or using paints. No talent required!
11am – 1pm
Paulsgrove Community Centre, Marsden Road, PO6 4JB
Friday 18 May
Poetry and music for recovery – for anyone who wants to play, sing, tell short stories, poems, jokes, or any other creative outlet someone has – all contributions are welcome. Organised by SHIFT, mental health peer recovery group in Portsmouth.
The Barley Mow, Castle Road, Portsmouth PO5 3DE
Saturday 19 May
Join us for the third of four Mental Wealth Trialogue events in Gosport, sponsored by Healthwatch Hampshire.
10.30 – 12.30
Creativity and Wellbeing Centre, 11B North Cross St., Gosport PO12 1BE
Mon 21 May
Monthly at 2pm
Caffe Lee, Pier Street, Lee-on-the- Solent PO13 9LD
Wed 23 May
SHIFT Coffee Drop-in
SHIFT is an independent, peer-led organisation which develops a range of peer-led activities, either independently or in collaboration with other organisations in Portsmouth. It also champions service user involvement and co-production at all levels of decision making within the Portsmouth area
Weekly 1 – 3pm
Room 7, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, PO2 7BT
Thurs 24 May
The Time of Our Lives – poetry workshop with Maggie Sawkins
This workshop will introduce you to a range of ways of writing in a journal. You will have the opportunity to experiment with several techniques that can be used for self-guidance and expanded creativity. If you wish, these may be used as a springboard for further writing.
1 – 3.30pm
St.Lukes Church, Greetham St, PO5 4LH
Cost £5 Click here to book your place
Friday 25 May
A self-help group providing mutual support for its members, many of whom have experienced mental ill-health, addictions and homelessness. The weekly group offers creative activities, practical life skills, social and spiritual support.
10.30am – 2.30pm
St.Simons Church, Waverley Road, Southsea PO5 2PW
Sat 26 May
SHIFT Creative Group
Portsmouth Recovery Community for people who have lived experience of mental and emotional distress – SHIFT offers a fortnightly creative activities group on a Saturday morning.
Fortnightly 12noon – 3pm
Havelock Centre, 324 Fawcett Road, Southsea, PO4 0LQ
Thurs 31 May / Fri 1 June
Schizophrenia – a Stand Tall Theatre production
A moving, one-hour play, that captures the heart of Schizophrenia and takes the audience on a journey of the mind. Schizophrenia, directed by Carley Dawson and produced by Stand Tall Theatre, successfully merges personal memories with a fictional plot to create a sensitive but impactful production.
£10 per ticket, £8 Concession
Tickets via Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent St. Portsea, PO1 3BS
www.groundlings.co.uk or call Box Office on 02392 737370