Marieke Slovin Lewis
I grew up playing classical music and only began composing songs from stories in 2010. While studying for my doctorate in the Prescott College Sustainability Education PhD program, I developed a method of songwriting that invited a person to share a story form their life and move through the creative process of shaping their story into a song. I found this method, which I call Story-to-Song (STS) to have a powerful healing and transformative effect on the people with whom I worked. There is a catharsis to sharing a story that holds emotion and meaning, as well as an empowering element to creating a unique work of art from the experience. Since earning my doctorate, I have been working as a songwriting guide and using this method of songwriting with individuals and groups, facilitating the creative process so a song may reveal itself in its own unique way, be it from a traditional spoken story, shared words or phrases, or a poem. The creation of each song is unique to those who participate in the birthing process. I do my utmost to honor the authenticity and integrity of each person with whom I work.
To read a complete bio, please visit Marieke Slovin Lewis: Creating a more sensitive, sustainable world, one person at a time
Sarah Reader Harris
I have been working with Sarah Reader Harris on the Refugee Songbook Project, which began in January 2017. I came to know Sarah through our work together as volunteers at a refugee asylum center called Petit-Château, which is located in Brussels, Belgium. I had the great fortune of meeting Sarah when I first moved to Brussels and was searching for a place to offer songwriting workshops with refugees. Sarah had been volunteering at the center for over eight years, offering poetry workshops and poetry-related projects. I was introduced to her on my first visit. She started a project together with CEDES www.cedes-ed.org and several organizations here in Brussels to work with refugees and asylum seekers on poems that featured their stories and experiences. Together they published two issues of these poems and artworks: “Letters from Brussels” and “Portraits.”
Originally from Scotland, Sarah has been living in Belgium for the past several decades. She is a gifted writer and poet and has an incredible gift for creative expression and for drawing people into the creative process. Sarah writes children’s books, which have been translated into Dutch and French. She is an active member of the Brussels Writers Circle and last year completed an online writing course at Curtis Brown Creative. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Asham, Ian St James, and Bridport prize and are published in Wild Cards, the 1999 Virago anthology of writing women, and Making Changes, an anthology published by Bridge House in 2008. Plums Taste Different Here, her debut adult novel, was recently highly commended in the Winchester Literary Festival competition and long-listed in the Novel category of the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize.
Please visit her website “A Sheep Called Skye” to learn more about her children’s books.