‘Choices’ Group, Reach, Pride Park Derby

January 2024 Chrissie had a great time with this friendly and welcoming ‘Choices’ group delivering a lively interactive morning entertainment all about life story writing with a menu of delicious tales to tell about the ‘lives’ she’s helped to write. She included a brief light-hearted glimpse back to life writers of the past with tips … Read more

Expression of Freedom Project.

I’m delighted to have been collaborating this autumn with Leicestershire based photographer Linda Young on the ‘Expression of Freedom’ Project. Following our successful ‘Click Create Connect’ collaboration project in Erewash we’ve been working with two groups of young people engaging with Youth Services in Leicestershire. Along with their youth workers we’ve been busy supporting and inspiring … Read more

Hares and Rainbows

Whether you’re an accomplished writer, or you’ve never written anything except a shopping list before, join our relaxed, friendly creative writing workshop run by Chrissie Hall. Using the exhibition to inspire us, we’ll enjoy finding our own words, poetic or otherwise, to express our responses to the exhibition. We’ll consider the phenomenon of ‘unfinished’ artistic … Read more

Performance – ‘The Women from Number 17’

The Woman from Number 17 (pdf) A superb evening, thank you to all the guests and VIP’s for being such an appreciative audience, and thanks to the actors for their amazing performances. The ‘Unexamined Lives’ local history project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, will be celebrating an amazing three years of community engagement with an … Read more

“Number 17” Blogpost

‘NUMBER 17’ 100 Years of a Borrowash House Watch the Video  Script commission working with the children of Ashbrook Junior School Borrowash, Derbyshire. What’s Soot? There are always a few defining moments when you’re working on a Community Theatre project. Of course, there is the first meeting (“Will anyone turn up?”); there is the point … Read more

“Number 17”

Number 17 – a hundred year history of a Borrowash house. Chrissie’s commission was to write a play using every ‘custodian’ who had lived at Number 17, an Edwardian Villa in Borrowash, to capture the social, economic and personal circumstances affecting families and individuals throughout the 100 year history of the house. The script was … Read more

Creative Writing Workshop – Living with BPD

Thank you to all the talented and creative participants who joined us at Borderline Arts for this one day creative writing workshop. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and best wishes to you all with your writing projects Look forward to working with Borderline Arts again in the future. — On … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Thanks Denman for hosting this Retreat and what a perfect place for it. We had a great time, with comfortable accommodation, superb food and a talented group of creative writers who enjoyed writing, editing, sharing and commenting on memoirs, short stories, novels and poetry projects. Denman will be hosting a Summer Writing Retreat in 2016 … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Thanks Denman for hosting this Retreat, perfect place for it. We had a great time, and we’re still writing! Keep reading to see information about the course. Dig out that unfinished writing project languishing in a drawer, or get inspired to begin writing something completely new at Denman College this Winter. Overcome writer’s block and … Read more

And the Doctor said . . .

Sharing life experiences through the art of storytelling During summer 2013 Chrissie Hall joined the team working on an innovative new research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in partnership with the University of Staffordshire and Keele University. Members of the community took part in ‘creative meets medical’ workshops, reflecting creatively on … Read more

The Arts at the HeART of Wellbeing

Participants worked with artists in group session, residential homes, independent living schemes and one to one sessions in their own homes. Research shows that being involved in arts projects:- • Enhances feelings of well-being • Increases interest in other people • Boosts confidence • Improves social interaction • Teaches new skills • Re-ignites interest in … Read more

rEvive — art in an empty shop

A Cultural Arts Forum Erewash (CAFE) project, funded by Arts Council England and Erewash Borough Council. • Bringing local artists into the heart of Long Eaton and Ilkeston to revitalise town centres. • Filling empty shops with creative workshops, performances, and exhibitions. • Engaging local residents and visitors in creative activities. The Challenge • Identifying … Read more