Inspiring poetry anthology launched

6 October 2010 A poetry anthology written by mental health consumers has been launched at Capital & Coast's mental health facility, Te Korowai-Whariki, in Porirua.

What it takes to fly is the brainchild of Mary Campbell, Te Korowai-Whariki consumer consultant and daughter of late Pukerua Bay poet Alistair Te Ariki Campbell.

She said she wanted to increase people’s involvement in the arts.

“I knew a lot of poets already because of my father, and through that networking I also involved Apirana Taylor who came and gave a writing workshop and poetry reading at Ruamoko earlier in the year.

“For me it is all about participation and I had many willing people, consumers and staff, who helped with the book, either through sending me their poems or assisting with the exhibition.

“The creativity was inspiring, which you can read in the poetry book.”

Capital & Coast District Health Board member Margaret Faulkner officially launched the book, congratulating staff and health consumers for bringing people together in such a positive way.

Stories that need to be told

“This book will tell stories that need to be told to people that need to listen.”

Writing and being involved in creative arts is a powerful healing tool, said consumer adviser Lynda Thoumine.

“Globally, 25 per cent of us will experience a mental illness and will need the support and understanding of family and friends. The writers and artists involved today hope that through their work you enter their experimental worlds and explore the ways in which engagement with the creative arts can transform lives.”


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