Here’s an ongoing list of my (relevant) education, CPD, training and professional memberships:


  • MSc, Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) graduated summer 2019, with Metanoia Institute, accredited by Middlesex University
  • Breakdown of module content for PGCert.:
    • Module One: Introduction to Creative Writing and its Therapeutic Applications
    • Module Two: Reflective Personal Writing
    • Module Three: Therapeutic Settings and Established Theories.
  • Breakdown of module content for PGDip.:
    • Module Four: Facilitating Therapeutic Groups
    • Module Five: The Question of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
    • Module Six: Research Methods for Therapeutic Settings
  • MSc Dissertion specialising on CWTP in museum and gallery settings, entitled:

    If we are here to wonder / I wonder at this: A Poetic Inquiry, utilising Participatory Action Research, into ways in which Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes could be used in a museum or gallery setting.

  • BA: Drama and English – First Class Hons – University of Bristol

Professional Memberships:

  •  NAWE National Association of Writers in Education – Professional Member (through which I have Public Liability Insurance)
  • FRSA – Fellow of the RSA (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
  • Lapidus International: Words for Wellbeing.


  • Arvon Residential with Fiona Benson, Katrina Naomi and Richard Scott, November 2019
  • Queer Studio – Tutor: Mary Jean Chan, 2018
  • Ecopoetry, Environmentalism and Activism – Tutor: Samantha Walton, 2018
  • Poetry and the Non-Human – Tutor: Suzannah Evans, 2018
  • Portrait / Landscape – Tutor: Holly Corfield-Carr, 2017
  • Bristol Poetry Studio – Tutor: Fiona Hamilton – Spring/Summer 2016
  • The Poetry of Pain – Tutor: Daniel Sluman – March 2016
  • Advanced Poetry Writing workshops – Tutor: Rommi Smith – 2013-14
  • WEA Write That Novel course, December – January 09/10
  • University of Bristol Lifelong learning – creative prose writing course (2008)

Training and Other CPD:

  • Museum as a Site and Source for Learning, FutureLearn (May – June 2020)
  • Mental Health First Aid, one-day in person, Bristol Relationships (November 2019)
  • Inspiring Adult Learning: An Introduction to Tutoring in the Community Level 3 course accredited by the Workers’ Educational Association (May – July 2016)
  • Accredited Arts Adviser, which means I can plan, deliver and set up moderations for the Discover, Explore (EL3), Bronze (L1) and Silver (L2) Arts Award qualifications – and have a track record in doing so. Drop me a line to talk about this if it might suit your setting
  • Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing – with Future Learn (February 2016)
  • Mentoring: The Next Creative Generation – Helen LeBroque, Artswork. (July 2015, Bristol)
  • Kids Company: Ethos & Theory Training  (May 2015)
  • Preparing to Work in Youth Arts – Lesley Wood, Artswork. (October 2014, Bristol)
  • Shout About It – publicising your writing. With Jo Bell, Canal Laureate (June 2014, Manchester)
  • Make It Look Good – websites for writers. (June 2014, Manchester).
  • Foundation in Solution-Focused Practice – Change, Birmingham, May 17-18 2014
  • Working Effectively with Troubled and Troublesome Teenagers – February 2014, Human Givens College
  • NAWE: Working in Schools (February 2013, Birmingham).

BBC Training:

  • Working with children
  • MediaTrust Mentoring Training
  • Chairing and Facilitation Skills (1 day, in person Mar 07)
  • Creative Facilitation Training (2 day in person, Sept  07)
  • Final Cut Pro Training (2 day in person)
  • Photoshop training (half day in person)
  • Story-telling workshop (1 day in person)
  • Development Induction (2 day in person)
  • Writing for Television (2 day in person, June 2010).

Some Books About Writing Which I’ve Found Useful

Addonizio, K., 2012. Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet within.

Agodon, K.R., Silano, M., 2013. The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice.

Bell, J., 2015. 52: Write a Poem a Week. Start Now. Keep Going. Nine Arches Press.

Bell, J., Commane, J., 2017. How to be a Poet. Nine Arches Press.

Bolton, V.F. and K.T.G. (Ed.), 2006. Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities ed. Jessica Kingsley, London ; Philadelphia.

Dastidar, E. by R., 2019. The Craft: A Guide to Making Poetry Happen in the 21st Century. Nine Arches Press

Fox, J., 1996. Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-making. Jeremy P Tarcher, New York.

Geraghty, M., 2013. More Five Minute Writing: 50 Inspiring Exercises In Creative Writing in Five Minutes a Day. How To Books.

Geraghty, M., 2009. The Five-Minute Writer: Exercise and inspiration in creative writing in five minutes a day. How To Books, Oxford.

Hirshfield, J., 2008. Hiddenness, Uncertainty, Surprise: Three Generative Energies of Poetry. Newcastle /Bloodaxe Poetry Series 7.

Kowit, S., 2003. In the Palm of Your Hand: A Poet’s Portable Workshop. Tilbury House, Maine.

Matthews, P., 2019. Sing me the Creation: Creative Writing Sourcebook, New edition. ed. Hawthorn Press.

Matthews, P., 2007. Words in Place: Reconnecting with Nature Through Creative Writing, Illustrated edition. ed. Hawthorn Press, Stroud.

Padel, R., 2010. Silent Letters of the Alphabet. Newcastle /Bloodaxe Poetry Series 8.