Famous Men Themed Living Well Resources

To help keep you inspired and engaged during these challenging times, our Living Well Centre team is bringing you themed activities and resources every fortnight.

In honour of Father’s Day, which takes place this month, the theme for our fifth fortnight’s resources is ‘Famous Men’.

You can find suggestions for books and films; creative activities involving lettering, and some Matisse cut out ideas; and learn about important men from the different disciplines in our Living Well Team.

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Creative Projects


Literature, films & music


Famous Men of the Midlands and a quiz

We would love to hear your feedback and see any art you make. You can send pictures in to Alison Mesley, Art Therapist and your pictures will be uploaded to this page’s online gallery. Please let us know if you would like to remain anonymous, or to be named.

Creative Projects

French artist Henri Emile Benoit Matisse was a draughtsman, print maker, sculptor and painter.

Matisse, along with Pablo Picasso is commonly known as one of the artists who helped define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts.

In the late 1940’s, with failing health, Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium and scissors as his chief implement. Matisse cut painted sheets of paper into forms of varying shapes and sizes and arrange them into lively compositions.

There are lots of interesting clips on you tube about Matisse and his cut outs – drawing with scissors.

Why don’t you try your had at this lovely, lively art form and add your designs to our website gallery. Below are cut-out images inspired by three of our themes: Famous Men, Sports, and and upcoming theme – Water.

  • Learn about children’s illustrator, David McKee, who inspired our creative therapist Mary Jenkins.
  • Take a moment to read this history of Adrian Hill, founder of art therapy.
  • Read up on the life and work of Rex Ray, a graphic designer and collage artist.
  • Find out about graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher and optical artist Bridget Riley in this presentation.

Typefaces and lettering

Follow this link to read a brief history of famous people who contributed to typography and typefaces.

Moving on from typefaces, you might like to think about illuminated lettering.

There are a number of websites and YouTube clips you can look at to learn more about illuminated lettering. You might like to have a go yourself! We would love to see what you make.

Learn how to draw illuminated letters with a step-by-step tutorial.

Watch a video on how to illuminate the letter A

Can you guess these anagrams of comedy actors and TV personalities?

CAN   NOT  HOCKY         (TH)


ODD  BEI  ILL       (BO)






Why not have a go at creating anagrams of other famous men?

Books, films, music and a poem

Take a look at our list of books and films on this fortnight’s theme of ‘Famous Men’. Have you read, seen, or heard any of the titles on our lists?

Digging, by Seamus Heany 

In this beautiful, evocative poem, Heaney pays loving homage and respect to his father, and grandfather, whilst also acknowledging that his destiny is to be a different kind of man. Read the poem.

What the Dickens? 

This year sees the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death, which took place in 1870 when he was 58 years old.

What do you know about Dickens? Do you have a favourite Dickens novel? Here is a small selection of titles – can you spot the connection? Answer at the end of this page!

Oliver twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Little Dorrit, The mystery of Edwin Drood, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi

There are a great many films and books based on, or inspired by, Charles Dickens and his novels. Take a look at our list for a few examples.



Take a look at the first position and exercise used when teaching Pilates. This is suitable for most people as long as you can lie in the position comfortably. If you are unsure please speak to one of the physiotherapy team.

Read about inventor Joseph Pilates.

Learn about the father of aromatherapy, Rene-Maurice Gattesfosse

Follow this link to read an article on Rene-Maurice Gattesfosse.

Famous Men of the Midlands

There are plenty of famous people connected with the Midlands. How much do you know about these famous men? Why not do a little research on some of them?

  1. Edward Elgar – Where was he born?
  2. William Richard Morris – 1st Viscount Nuffield – What did he manufacture?
  3. John Corbett – industrialist – What was his nickname?
  4. Edward Winslow – What connects him with Droitwich and Plymouth?
  5. JRR Tolkien – Who was Bilbo Baggins?
  6. Stanley Baldwin – How many times was he Prime Minister?
  7. Lenny Henry – Which comedienne was he married to?
  8. Sir Rowland Hill – What did he invent?
  9. John Curry – What sport is he well known for?
  10. Moeen Ali – What sport is he well known for?

Test your knowledge further, with our Tolkein quiz

What I’m reading…

This month in lockdown I am reading one of the many excellent books by a fellow clinical psychologist, Dr Richard Bentall.

He is a clinical psychologist who grew up in Sheffield, studied at and now works for Liverpool University, pursuing his passion of trying to help us better understand suffering, and occasionally writing articles for the media to correct stigmas or misunderstandings of what it means to be in distress, having experienced depression himself in the past.

His 2009 book Doctoring the Mind provides a critique of the current treatments for mental health difficulties, largely looking at the inadequacies of an approach that sees people being prescribed medication for problems in our lives that are causing us anxiety, or depression or grief without offering talking therapies too.

He has published some really insightful research looking at how our life experiences and social situations can make it more likely we might develop mental health difficulties if we have a rough time in life.

He advocates for support for children from a young age to help them cope with difficult things that have happened to them, for better awareness of all the different factors that might contribute to psychological distress and ways to promote healthy minds and support each other to recover despite adversity.

Anagram answers: Tony Hancock, Lenny Henry, Bill Oddie, Jasper Carrot, Frank Skinner, Ian lavender, Neil Morrissey, Richard Hammond

Answer to the ‘What the Dickens’ brain teaser: They all have names in the title