Hello, my name is Donna M Bottomley and I am a writer and a registered, accredited psychotherapist.
This website is where my writing and creative work take centre stage. If you are interested in psychotherapy, this is the link to my therapy practice.
Writing & Singing
I also write and sing whenever I can and have trained in many different modes of writing as well as in popular and jazz singing. These are a few of the courses I’ve taken over the years:
Writing a Memoir course – Curtis Brown Creative (Online 6 weeks)
Writer’s Workshop & Conference – Hay House Publishing
Popular Singing – Leeds College of Music
Jazz Singing – Leeds College of Music
Songwriting – Factory Street Studios
Recording and Production – Leeds College of Music
Creative Writing (Poetry) – Manchester Metropolitan University
Creative Writing Short Course – UEA
Arvon Retreats x 3
Arvon Creative Writing Course (Poetry) Jo Shapcott
Arvon Songwriting Retreat – Kathryn Williams and Chris Difford
Songwriting Retreat with Martin Sutton (The Songwriting Academy)
Visual & Performing Arts – University of Brighton
Dance Foundation Course – Morley College
Song ‘Hammer and Chisel’ Published by Leopard Music Group. 2018.
Song ‘Cold’ Published by Leopard Music Group. 2018.
Poem ‘A scent of a memory’ published in The Guardian. 2008
Poem ‘The Sea Orphan’ ‘Art Works in Mental Health’ touring exhibition. Royal Academy of Art; Cardiff; Manchester; Birmingham; Edinburgh. 2003
Poem ‘Deliberate Bubbles?’ Published in the Anthology “Expressions from the Heart of England 2005”. Anchor Books, Peterborough.
Poem ‘Integrated’ Published in ‘The Power of Words’. Forward Press. 2004.
Poem ‘Integrated’ published on BBC Talent Showcase:website. 2004.
Poem ‘Ensorcelling the muse’. Anthology produced as part of the Fiction & Poetry course at the Ted Hughes Centre, Lumb Bank: Arvon Foundation. 2004
Poem ‘Beginning to End’ Wild Thyme Writers Group Anthology. 2002.
Researcher/Author: ‘A Review of the Arts & Mental Health in Derby’ Amber Valley Arts Development. Amber Valley Council.
Acute Care 2004: A National Survey of Psychiatric Inpatient Wards in England.
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