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We all have a bank of stories that aren’t heard regularly.

Our Writing on the Edge project offers opportunities for people affected by addiction – people living with addiction themselves or supporting someone with an addiction – to come together and share these stories in a creative way.

In weekly writing and theatre workshops during November and December 2020, we came together to celebrate life’s possibilities, rather than the obstacles of addiction.

Laughing, noticing things anew, shedding a tear or two, but also celebrating that we’re still here and see the best in each other.

Each workshop included short playful tasks to prod our imaginations and release our ideas. Beginning to create new written work and develop it within the sessions, supporting each other to move it forwards in our own time.

There are no wrong answers, just a whole world of possibilities.

We hope to develop powerful, brave and ambitious work that comes from the heart, and find ways of sharing the work widely (anonymously or otherwise). Our vision is to create a safe space to freely express ourselves, without judgment, and without having to reveal any details of our personal circumstances. We realise that we all have varied experiences of addiction and each individual’s personal struggles will be respected and kept in a safe environment.

A reading of the work from the original project was held in Galeri Caernarfon in 2019, but due to the current situation, we have found other creative ways of sharing our experiences.

With qualified health specialists also contributing creatively within the tasks and offering advice at each session as the need arises, and being available for half an hour at the end of each session for informal discussions, but these are not be mandatory.

A partnership between Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Literature Wales and Adra (Housing), this is a further development of two previous projects presented face to face in Galeri, Caernarfon.