Charlie learned to read aged 3, when she got her first pair of NHS glasses. For years she was convinced they were magic specs…
Charlie has always worked with words. 25 years broadcasting on speech and music stations from BRMB, Heart, Capital, Radio 1 & Radio 2, LBC and the last 5 years on Smooth.
A former Birmingham Poet Laureate, Charlie spent time with WBA F.C. & has taken poetry off the page, as a writer in the community. Working in schools, P.R.U.’s, prisons, women’s refuges and in business, Charlie’s passion is that everyone has a story worth telling, and a voice to be heard.
Working with Dudley Healthy Schools and Creative Health CIC, Charlie ran a ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ project with primary schools. This combined mindfulness practices and writing techniques to boost the wellbeing of pupils and create a calming classroom environment.
Mindfulness is something Charlie has practised since discovering the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, as a teenager and young carer. Over the years she has studied with many teachers, attended workshops & meditation retreats; always packing bars of chocolate with the books. She credits Mindfulness with keeping grounded through a long career in the media, and has been integrating it with writing practices for the last 15 yrs.
Nan-Zen Mindfulness is where Eastern wisdom traditions combine with the common sense of your Nan. ‘We can’t cushion the world. But a mindfulness practice can be like putting slippers on to protect yourself. And maybe a vest. My Nan was a big fan of vests.” says Charlie. She has developed a series of Zoom workshop sessions for 2020. These focus on how mindfulness and creativity help us navigate the huge changes and uncertainties that have become the new normal. These have been helping businesses manage the wellbeing of their teams, and provide a toolkit of techniques that work in the real world. And Charlie’s home haircuts have helped increase the laughter in sessions… For more information, contact here
When not working, Charlie can be found browsing charity book shops, or making her own chocolate. Which tastes better than it looks. Or in the garden, happily harvesting home grown fruit and vegetables, no matter how wonky. Her favourite Valentine’s present was a compost bin… he knew she’d love it!
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