Nottingham writer Jo Weston has been appointed Writer-in-Residence at the Maggie’s cancer centre in a move to show the centre, which is in the grounds of City Hospital and supports people affected by cancer, through the eyes of the visitors who use it.
Jo, who takes on the role this month, is no stranger to the benefits of Maggie’s, having used it herself after being diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
As Maggie’s first Writer-in-Residence, Jo will sit in on workshops and support groups during the year and then write poetry inspired by the activities she witnesses, as well as reading her work at events held to raise money for the centre.
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Jo, who was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport Prize for poetry, says: “I first started visiting Maggie’s to take part in the creative writing workshops but had no idea what an amazing support the people there would be.
I’m delighted to have been approached to do this and to give something back to this brilliant facility.”
Jo’s writing will be published on the Maggie’s Nottingham website and social media pages.
Jo has been an active member of the Maggie’s creative writing group and several of her poems featured in the group’s anthology Between the Lines, which raised more than £1,000 for the centre. Her poetry has also been published in the 2016 Nottingham Trent University’s MA Creative Writing anthology, Monsters.
Kate Martin, Head of Maggie’s in Nottingham, feels that the Writer-in-Residence position will be a great way to express what Maggie’s does:
“Maggie’s programme of cancer support is quite unique and we often struggle to explain to people who have never visited a centre what goes on inside this beautiful building. I’ve always loved Jo’s writing and thought what better way to bring the centre to life online.”