Wednesday 23 November 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Part of the Health and Resilience Project

Join us for a workshop focused on creativity and wellbeing with poet and performer Harula Ladd. Harula will lead you through creative exercises, and support you to write poetry during this 3-hour workshop. We’ll be thinking about themes of health, wellbeing and resilience in our writing as well as giving ourselves space and time to use our writing practice to support our wellbeing. This workshop is aimed at self-identified women and non-binary people as part of the Health and Resilience Project.

This workshop will take place in person, but is also hybrid, we are also offering the option to join online using Zoom. Please specify how you will attend when booking.

About Harula

Harula is a slam winning poet, performer and creative facilitator, with over 15 years experience in leading creative writing workshops. Performance highlights have included gigs with Spork!/Milk in Bristol and Hot Poets/Tongue Fu at London’s Southbank Centre. Her poem, Skin, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2021.

Harula is passionate about the role of the arts and creativity in cultivating individual and collective wellbeing. She has been Poet-in-Residence at two conferences with the Social Prescribing Network, and also wrote poems for staff and patients at Torbay NHS Trust as part of their Reflection Day, acknowledging the impact of the pandemic on wellbeing across the organisation.

Most recently, she has facilitated sessions at Ladies Lounge and Shekinah Grow, as part of Literature Works’ Community Writing Project. She also continues to co-host a monthly open (no)mic event, Word Stir!, at Totnes Community Bookshop.

The Health & Resilience Project is a collaboration between the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health and Quay Words, supported by Exeter City of Literature. It seeks to provide spaces in which self-identified women and non-binary people can explore their experiences of wellness and illness through creative expression. Using poetry and art, we visit the places, practices, and people we turn to in times of ill-health, change and difficulty, and seek-out the stories that illuminate our experiences. Throughout autumn 2022, we will welcome poets, artists, and members of the public to the Custom House to join us in this exciting project. Through free reading events, workshops, and our online virtual scrapbook, we hope to provide opportunities for engagement with this important subject in diverse ways for diverse groups of people. The project website, home to our virtual scrapbook ‘Expressions of Health and Resilience’, will be launching soon, and we warmly invite all women and non-binary people to visit, explore, and share their stories!

Please note as this is a hybrid workshop, those attending in person will be filmed on the day to support the inclusion of online participants. You can find out more about the accessibility of the Custom House here. If you have any access needs you’d like to discuss with us before the event you can contact us on