Only Connect: Stories and poems from New Zealand music therapyPosted on: Sunday, 17 December 2017

A successful application to the Erika Schloss Fund supported publication of an edited collection of stories and poems by New Zealand music therapists.  Book launches were held in Wellington in August and Auckland in October 2017.

From the editor, Claire Molyneux:

The project had been in progress since 2014 when I first issued a call for expressions of interest from NZ music therapists to contribute to an edited book of stories. Since then I have worked with a group of eight music therapists to develop and edit their contributions with a view to publishing the collection of writing. We were not able to interest a publisher in the collection and with the support of the contributing authors, I decided to apply to the Erika Schloss Fund who generously funded publication of the book.

 The outcome of the book project is the publication of what I hope will be a valuable book for the music therapy community both in New Zealand and wider afield. It is encouraging to have been able to support a different kind of writing about music therapy to reach publication. I have been encouraged by comments and feedback received about the book so far. In particular, I have been using extracts from the book in parts of my teaching on the MA Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. Being able to share creative writing about music therapy with students can powerfully communicate a concept or value of practice.

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