We need perpetrators to confess. Thirty clients signed up for the workshops, of which 23 attended, travelling an average of Working with SSAFA Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Family Association and with Combat Stress UK registered mental health charitya series of action research projects were initiated which focused on stimulating, facilitating and honing creative expression by serving and veteran members of the armed forces and demonstrating the value of such writing by publication and exhibition.
Exercises were set which introduced fresh approaches, stimulating further growth. It has demonstrated the value of creative writing as a tool in trauma recovery, and developed pedagogy and methods for practice-based research in the workshop environment.
Stimulating, facilitating and honing creative expression by serving veteran members of the armed forces and demonstrating the value of such writing by publication and exhibition. Follow-up sessions recorded and examined materials produced by participants and obtained feedback on methodology from life writing and human rights genres of testimony of the two.
Selections of the writing produced will be published by the hospice in pamphlet form for distribution. Expressive writing research projects The cruelty of war stretches far beyond the battlefield. We need the life stories of all those involved.
The initial print run of copies is now sold out. Human Rights and Life Narratives? Expressive writing Lebanon project Inthe expressive writing project began a collaboration with the NGO Akkar, which works with mainly Syrian refugees in Internally Displaced Person camps in Lebanon.
How are they described and what happens to that description in the legal, media, political and emotional life of the event over time?
We provide a base for research projects conducted by existing Kingston staff, externally funded research fellows, visiting fellows and professors, writers, filmmakers, and artists in residence and encourage PhD applications from qualified candidates wishing to pursue practice-based research and traditional academic research.
Dr Campbell will be the principal investigator, devising the exercises and training the facilitators, both of whom are Kingston University creative writing staff: In the introduction to the anthology, the Chief of the General Staffwrites: Sources to corroborate the impact Testimonials available on request from: These same processes may come into play in cases of domestic or private human rights abuses, where the victim must make public their suffering in order for it to be recognised, and for justice to be done.
Typically, the clinical presentation of Combat Stress veterans causes them to avoid unfamiliar situations and the loss of self-confidence can affect the ability to develop creative potential. In sum, the MWN project has achieved these key impacts, as detailed below: Ryan, veteran and judge, Combat Stress Poetry Anthology who is now undertaking a DPsych specialising in trauma recovery.
Veterans travelled long distances in order to make use of the workshops and there are regular enquiries from the veterans as to whether further workshops might be held in the future as they were so beneficial.
Jensen and Campbell will then work together to produce a research paper outlining the process of adapting expressive writing for use in supporting well-being in the context of palliative care and the efficacy of those adapted exercises.
We are looking for work that will debate, among other things, the following questions How do the processes involved in the telling and compiling of testimony in extreme situations of crimes against humanity affect our perception of these events and our ability to prevent them?
Whether public or private, the telling of and the listening to life narratives is a concern of increasing importance across a range of disciplines, professions and practices. Whether writing of our own lives in the form of auto-biography, memoir, Snapchat story or diary, testifying in a court of law, or in our endeavours to research and write the lives of others, there is little sharing of experience or debate upon the nature of such work across the many disciplines in which life narratives have become a central preoccupation.
Meg Jensen has published research concerned with the complex networks connecting autobiographical narratives, the science of post traumatic stress disorder, expressive writing methodologies and recovery from trauma in the context of human rights violations of all kinds.
Collaborative work with the Military Writing Network gave Combat Stress veterans the valuable opportunity of developing creative writing skills within a supportive and facilitating environment. That history can be of personal, familial or of widespread political and public importance.
By running workshops within the safety of our Surrey treatment centre and using their considerable knowledge and experience, the MWN leaders Siobhan Campbell and Joseph Ryan MFA student of Siobhan enabled veterans to have the confidence to experiment with new ideas and craft their writing skills whilst receiving sensitive validation of the pre-written pieces they brought to the meetings.
Research projects supervised by LNR staff have included the following: Pity, expressed in both poetry and prose, is certainly among the human emotions expressed in the remarkable little Kingston University Press chapbook, Forces Stories and Poems.
Benefits of Military Writing Network workshops to participants suffering from combat stress. There will be a final event and reading of selected pieces of the work generated at the Royal Trinity Hospice on 16 Maywhich they will fund and organise and Kingston staff and Dr Campbell will attend.
We would particularly welcome papers, panels, workshops, performances or readings that: The project interrogated current best practice guidelines on the documentation and investigation of such rights violations and suggested adaptations to existing protocols for the interviewing process.
After years of writing poetry simply for pleasure or from the deep need to express themselves in this way, Combat Stress veterans received recognition from the MWN which resulted in the publication of an anthology of poems and short stories in Siobhan Campbell, formerly of Kingston University and now a staff member at the Open University, has published in the areas of post-conflict poetry, the ethics of post-trauma writing and the pedagogy of creative writing interventions in PTSD situations.
The bulk of human rights defence and advocacy is based on making acts open to legal process. The social workers will now be employing these materials in workshops in their home regions, feeding back on their results throughout Paper delivered at a Conference “Life Writing and Human Rights: Genres of Testimony” at Kingston University, Center for Life Narratives, Kingston, England, JulyVisit the website to gather more information about the conference and the range of papers on this crucial area of work.
The last decades of the twentieth century witnessed the unprecedented rise in genres of life writing, narratives published primarily in the West1 but circulated widely around the globe. In the same way that the genres of life writing such as memoir or diary create the terms within which people create identities, Internet affordances can work (sometimes covertly) to create the terms for identification and the rules for social interaction (5).
Jensen directed an international conference, Life Writing and Human Rights: Genres of Testimony, July, at which the role of this work in helping military veterans in the UK was first established.
Although writing about the atrocities and human rights violations of the apartheid era cannot fail to stir the indignation of the reader, a truly empathic response is not always achieved, if by empathy we resonate with another person’s feelings.
In collaboration with the University of Minnesota and Amnesty International, Jensen directed an international conference, Life Writing and Human Rights: Genres of Testimony, July, at which the role of each of these genres in supporting the recovery of .Download