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Celebrate Book Week Scotland with SASW

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country. This year, it will take place 16th – 22nd of November.

The SASW team are working in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and author Alistair Findlay to bring members and the social work community a week filled with webinars, workshops in honour of this week and of the social work profession.



Monday 16th November 2020    16:00-17:00

Webinar: Social Work Past Present & Future: Changing Desks 

As part of SASW's celebration of Book Week Scotland, join us for a webinar looking at how social work has changed over time. Hosted by Sarah McMillan, Professional Officer at SASW and featuring published Scottish author Alistair Findlay. The session will include poetry and memoirs from Alistair's career as a social worker, linking into a discussion around how this relates to the position today and considering what the future might hold.


 Thursday 19th November  16:00 - 17:30 

Poetry Helps Workshop: Writing Poetry for Social Workers 

Led by Samuel Tongue, a widely published poet and experienced workshop leader. He is Project Coordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library and works on poetry for health and wellbeing.

In this relaxed workshop, we shall first read some poems together that engage with social issues, broadly conceived. We shall then work through a few simple prompts to produce writing and/or poems of our own. No experience necessary!


Friday 20th November   10:00 - 12:00

Poetry for Practice Worskhop 

In this workshop Dr Ariane Critchley from Edinburgh Napier University and Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh from the University of Edinburgh will work with practitioners to explore poetry to enhancing reflection, self-compassion, and creativity within social work practice.  They will share some ideas about the uses of poetry and some examples of poetry that illuminates challenges for practice.  There will be an opportunity to read poems, share poems and even write a poem (if you fancy it).  This workshop will be held virtually on our MS Teams platform. Participants are asked to bring with them a poem that they have found helpful or inspiring over the years.