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Fiona Hamilton




Fiona Hamilton

MA Oxon English Language and Literature

Director Orchard Foundation

Tutor Poetry School

Therapeutic Writing Practitioner


Email: fiona.hamilton@metanoia.ac.uk

Website: www.fionahamilton.org


Telephone: 0208 579 2505




Fiona Hamilton specialises in therapeutic writing with people in the NHS and complementary healthcare, and reflective practice and creative writing with diverse community groups. She is Arts Lead for the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine, where she works with people using creative techniques to enhance wellbeing through use of imagination, metaphor and reflective writing. At the University of Bristol, she teaches medical students in their second year, a course entitled Poetry of Medicine which complements the clinical curriculum and fulfils aims of the whole person care strand.

Fiona is director of Orchard Foundation, Tutor for the Poetry School, and a mentor for writers and researchers. Her book Bite Sized led to a theatre performance with dance and a programme of educational workshops for young people in schools, clinicians, carers and parents on themes of body-mind issues and mental health. Her publications include poetry collections, pieces for radio and public art.


Institute Roles (as applicable)

  • Tutor and Research Adviser, MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes


Recent Publications

2016: Fractures, Gomer Press (poetry)

2016: Stories for Wellbeing in Later Life http://ageofcreativity.tumblr.com

2014: Bite Sized, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (poetry)

2014: Words and Thresholds: an exploration of writing process and practice, Scriptum Creative Writing Studies, Jyväskylä University, Finland (article)

2014: The Memory of Water, Poetry Please, BBC Radio 4

2013: The Heart of the Matter: Creating Meaning in Health and Medicine through Creative Writing in ‘Medicine, Health and the Arts’, Routledge (chapter)

2012: Language, Story and Health in Journal of Holistic Healthcare, BHMA (article)

2012: Writing in a Changing World, Lapidus Journal (article)

2012: Travels with Words, Writing in Education Issue 58 (article)

2010: Beginnings and Endings; Signals, Lines and Reflections in Writing Routes, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (chapters)

2007: Making Pierogi, short story for BBC Radio 4

2006: Creative Writing Activities in Writing Works, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (chapters)

2006: Skinandi, Two Turtles Press (poetry)