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21 October - 17 November
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Exploring HPV narratives through creative writing

Creative writing workshop

Paper sculpture of shredded patient leaflets flow from a testube holder

Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

In this informal workshop, participants will explore some creative writing tools to revisit thoughts, questions, and concerns around positive Human Papillomavirus (HPV) diagnosis. Far from being limited to medical narratives, these tools could also prove helpful for a range of creative writing avenues.

Drawing from the Reframing the HPV narrative installation on display at the Glasgow Women’s Library throughout the Festival, which is inspired by medical correspondence and leaflets linked to Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the workshop will explore how creative writing, can help understand the many different reactions one may have to receiving this diagnosis. Could creativity positively influence the perception of HPV, and and empower those with a positive diagnosis?

What’s it about?

Being diagnosed with any medical condition may generate a wide range of reactions and feelings. This is the case for Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Patients often read their Private and Confidential letters alone, but what happens after that? Do they disclose their content, do they keep it for themselves? What happens to the words written on these pages?

The workshop aims to create a safe, relaxed environment for both creativity and informative discussion on what can be considered a sensitive topic. We know there are not many instances when people can comfortably discuss HPV.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Caroline Verdier, Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of Strathclyde and Lou Sarabadzic, artist

Of particular interest to

Those who have had a positive diagnosis of HPV, or with friends or family who have.

Scheduling information

Attendees may also wish to visit the exhibition which accompanies this workshop; for more information, please visit:

Event booking deadline

25th October 2023