Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here: an online writing project for Boston 

What a year it’s been! Staying home, missing family and friends, familiar places and routines out of reach. At least there’s the phone and the internet – though pen and paper have come in handy too. 

It’s been natural to think on what matters, the people we care for, the way we live – or used to. Some of us just want to get back to normal, but others hope for something else, something better. What will life be like after the pandemic? How might Boston feel, be different? 

Artist François Matarasso

This winter, Writing East Midlands hosted a series of ten FREE online writing workshops to explore these questions. We invited people to join community artist, François Matarasso, and writer Sonya Hundel in a weekly tea-time session to write about some of what we’ve missed, what we care about and what we hope for Boston in future. 

These workshops were specifically for people aged over 55, who live or work in Boston in Lincolnshire. 

The Elder Tree project is a three-year, region wide residency programme, which is empowering groups of people aged 55 and over to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers.  

Led by Writing East Midlands, the project will be delivered by a consortium which includes Creative People and Places, First Art and Made in Corby, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and Museum Development East Midlands, working with non-arts focussed organisations Age UK, Orders of St John Care Trust and University of the Third Age. 

The project continued into the Personal Effects sessions.