CLANGERS

Our new #CLANGERS Project starts in January 2021. This is principally a writing project and a nod to good daily habits for healthy creative living underpinned by eight specific themes or ideas which are the brainchild of Dr Phil Hammond.

Phil Hammond describes himself as an NHS doctor, Private Eye journalist, campaigner, and comic. Many of you will know him as a regular guest on Countdown, or through his highly entertaining appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival. Others will have heard his broadcasts for the BBC – such as his five series of Trust Me I’m a Doctor, or his contributions to The News Quiz. His publications, which achieve that rare combination of being both extremely funny and full of seriously good advice, include: Confessions of a Doctor, Staying Alive and Trust Me I’m a Doctor.

Phil’s advice for a happy, healthy life is to do your daily CLANGERS, which are: 

  • Connect
  • Learn
  • (be) Active
  • Notice
  • Give Back
  • Eat Well
  • Relax and
  • Sleep 

He adds that we should also aim to have our five portions of fun a day – and that these can be enjoyed while doing, in our different ways, our CLANGERS. His favourite drug, the one he likes to prescribe most, is kindness. These eight ‘pillars of health’ apply to all ages. There is no doubt for us that they are beneficial to the over 60s and we think they are an excellent philosophy for the Autumn Voices community generally, as well as a prompt for writing. 

From January 2021 onwards, Autumn Voices will focus on a different CLANGER each month. Our online content such as guest blogs, creative writing competitions, social media prompts, zoom activities (eventually) and flash non-fiction will reflect this. We’re now inviting our Autumn Voices audience to send us flash-non-fiction submissions.

About the flash non-fiction submissions:

We at Autumn Voices are keen to find out how the over 60s interpret Dr Phil Hammond’s advice for a healthy, happy life. What sort of things do you get up to when you do your CLANGERS? Have you ever done them before? What did you do before the Covid-19 pandemic and how have you adapted this to fit in with lockdown? 

The January flash non-fiction submissions will focus on the ‘C’ of CLANGERS. Anyone over 60 in Scotland, the UK, or anywhere around the world in our digital community is invited to tell us say how they Connect on a daily basis. Your submission is FREE and should be between 150 and 200 words.

Members can submit their entry via the dashboard after registering.
Or it can be emailed to andre@autumnvoices.co.uk no later than midnight on Sunday 31st January. 

These submissions will be collected, and some will be curated into a longer monthly blog and will appear here on the Autumn Voices website in early February. Everyone who sent in submissions that month will be credited. Subsequent months’ submissions will work similarly, with an end-of-month deadline and the blog post going live the following month.

All of us, of course, interpret ‘Connect’ in different ways. Connecting with other people can be as much about emotional closeness as it is about physical closeness. And it is certainly good for our health, physical, emotional and mental, to commune with nature, with our pets and other animals. It might be about connecting with the world around you, with place, with belonging, or with an idea. It’s up to you.

Whatever form your CLANGERS take, we want to know about it!