Launch of ‘This is How it is’ – 29 June

Please join us on the 29th of June at 11 am at Ranfurly House, Dungannon, to celebrate the launch of ‘This is How it is’.

Spectrum Women’s Autism Group met the Lord Mayor at City Hall, Belfast.
Spectrum Women’s Autism Group met the Lord Mayor at City Hall, Belfast.

This is a book of poetry written by members of Spectrum Women’s Autism Group through the support of Community Arts Partnership. The poems are based on experience of living with autism and are written from the heart.

The Spectrum Women’s Autism group is the first of its kind and one of only two in any part of the island – the other being in Cork.

It therefore attracts members from all across the region. Women travel from Belfast, Portstewart, Newry and even as far as Sligo to the centre in Dungannon for events and activities.

In the poems the women discuss many topics: difficulties they face with day to day issues, communication, isolation and previous misdiagnosis resulting in psychiatric care, and the impact that has had upon their lives.

All these issues and many more were explored in the project they undertook with poet facilitator Martelle McPartland in the past six months.

Community Arts Partnership provided ten weeks of facilitation through Arts Council of Northern Ireland Funding. This has resulted in the Spectrum Group forming their own writers’ group and continuing to meet and write on an ongoing basis.

Date and time: Wednesday 29th June at 11am.

Venue: Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre (view map)

Admission: Free.

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