Responding to Voices from the Asylum – ‘A new take on old times’

Responding to Voices from the Asylum – ‘a new take on old times’

This workshop is a fascinating chance for beginner or experienced writers to imagine themselves into what life was like in a Victorian asylum.

Experience the old Bethlem Royal Hospital through archive materials – photographs and patient case notes.

Through a gentle, supportive workshop with writer and poet David Gilbert, you will be inspired to discuss, reflect and respond through your own creative writing….

• Imagine yourself as a former patient, cleaner, doctor, nurse or visitor; what might it have felt like then? Your hopes and your fears?

• What would you say to someone back then? If you were an advocate or time-traveller, what would be your truth?

• Or, just write about how you feel when looking at the archival objects, notes and photographs.

Workshop One: Friday 8th October, 10:30am-3:30pm – LAST FEW PLACES AVAILABLE
ORTUS Centre, 82-96 Grove Lane, London, SE5 8SN (Nearest rail st: Denmark Hill)
The ORTUS is open from 8am with a cafe that serves tea, coffee & breakfast, we will start promptly at 10:30am.

Workshop Two: Tuesday 19th October, 10:30am-3:30pm – FULLY BOOKED
Bethlem Gallery & Museum of the Mind, Monks Orchard Rd, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX (Nearest rail st: Eden Park)
The gallery will be open from 10am with tea and coffee available, we will start promptly at 10:30am.

A free lunch is available to participants, up to the value of £5. You can come to one or both of these free workshops.

David Gilbert is Writer in Residence at The Bethlem Gallery, author of ‘The Patient Revolution – how we can heal healthcare’ and ‘The Rare Bird Recovery Protocol’ (poetry collection).


To book, please email: or call 020 3228 4101

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