To help us mark our first year of Time to Shine, we commissioned Poem Portraits to help a few participants tell their stories.
Peter Spafford met with five participants from various projects to talk to them about their experience of loneliness and how being involved in Time to Shine has impacted them.
Photographer Lizzie Coombes then took their picture, and put them alongside a bespoke poem written by Peter.
Peter very kindly came along to our celebration event at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and read out some of the poems to the audience.
We hope to commission more poem portraits in the future, as the group who participated all found it a very worthwhile experience. One woman said, “Seeing the poem and picture together really does make the poem fit me. I was astonished how well the photo turned out.”