We are delighted that writer and Centre visiter Jo Weston has been appointed Writer-in-Residence at Maggie’s Nottingham this year.
Jo will be sitting in on various workshops and support groups held at the Centre, and will then write poetry inspired by these activities. She will also be reading her work at events in order to raise funds for Maggie’s.
Jo was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and has benefitted from using the Centre herself:
I first started visiting Maggie’s to take part in the creative writing workshops but had no idea what an amazing support the people there would be.
I’m delighted to have been approached to do this and to give something back to this brilliant facility.
Jo has been an important member of the Maggie’s Nottingham creative writing group and several of her poems featured in the group’s anthology Between the Lines. This book has raised more than £1,000 for the Centre.
Jo’s poetry has also been published in the 2016 Nottingham Trent University’s MA Creative Writing anthology, Monsters. She has recently shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport Prize for poetry.
Kate Martin, Centre Head of Maggie’s Nottingham, feels that the Writer-in-Residence position will be a great way to express what Maggie’s does:
Maggie’s programme of cancer support is quite unique and we often struggle to explain to people who have never visited a Centre what goes on inside this beautiful building.
I’ve always loved Jo’s writing and thought what better way to bring the Centre to life online.
We look forward to sharing Jo’s poetry throughout the year.