Playing with words

Housing association Soha has launched a large-scale creative writing project for its residents and anyone who lives anywhere where it has homes – and that includes many in Cholsey.

‘Playing with Words’ is a series of professionally-led free workshops to encourage creativity on the theme of ‘community’ in poetry, prose or music.

For six months, free in-person and online sessions with Kevin Campbell of The KCD Collective will take place across Soha’s area and culminate in a gala evening in July 2022 at Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre to celebrate Soha’s 25th anniversary.

The invitation to get involved with ‘Playing with Words’ is offered in 8 languages to encourage as many people as possible from all cultures and backgrounds, Soha residents or not, to participate. Soha says the most important aspect of ‘Playing with Words’ is getting the community together to learn new creative skills and inspire each other. Just attending a workshop doesn’t mean signing up to present your work next summer – but if you would like to, all the better!

Find out more and where to catch a workshop by calling Andrea or Liz in Soha’s Resident Engagement team team on Freephone 0800 014 15 45 or emailing

“Kevin was an exceptionally engaging performer who successfully created a small community out of the diverse group who attended his workshop and inspired us to create some work we were genuinely proud of.”