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Larry Butler

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Contact: playspacepublications@gmail.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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I am a writer, poet, small press publisher, researcher, and tai-chi teacher, as well as Scottish Convener for LAPIDUS - the words wellbeing organisation training people to facilitate writing-reading-storytelling groups within health and social care settings. I facilitate a therapeutic writing group for the Maggie Centre. edit Move on Up (stories of hope and recovery from addiction, commissioned by the Addiction Team, Greater Glasgow Health Board), and work with MindRemindRemember, a collaborative project with sculptor and lettercarver, Ian Newton. Here, we wrote epitaphs and warnings for extinct and endangered plants and animals. I am an arts and health consultant for a feasibility study, Arts on Prescription, for the Greater Glasgow Health Board, and Better Health for Men, a feasibility study throughout Scotland commissioned by the Health Education Board for Scotland.

I also lead week-long writing retreats combined with movement, chikung and tai-chi - every movement in tai-chi is a metaphor. I like leading Rengas (collaborative poetry events).

Local authorities can visit

East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Moray; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire

Events can deliver

Bibliotherapy; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Carers; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+