Poetry and #dementiaawarenessweek

At 8am this morning I was on the phone to BBC Hereford & Worcester, talking about making poems with people living with dementia, and later on, I was in Highwell House Nursing Home in Bromyard, really making poems. I shared printouts of a painting by Joan Eardley around the room of ten people.  Not everyone has dementia, though several have it quite badly.  I’ve been … Continue reading Poetry and #dementiaawarenessweek

Poetry, Punch & Judy in a Care Home

The children sat in front, legs crossed, looking up. You want to be a bit scared, then brought back into the real world again. He had a trail of children following him,  just like the Pied Piper, all bewitched. This week I was working in a Herefordshire care home with a large group of elderly people, many of whom are living with dementia.  I work … Continue reading Poetry, Punch & Judy in a Care Home

Poetry and Dementia – on film

For three years I worked as a freelance poet for In The Pink, a poetry and dementia project managed by Courtyard Arts in Hereford.  As the project reached the end of its funding cycle they made this little film, which focuses particularly on the work I was doing in one of Herefordshire’s care homes.  I like the film because it demonstrates the joy and engagement of … Continue reading Poetry and Dementia – on film

In The Pink – a poetry project with people living with dementia

Lillian cups a tiny bird’s nest in today’s session in a Hereford Care Home.  She isn’t able to speak much, but she was utterly delighted.  It was marvellous to be able to bring such pleasure. What bird lived here?  So sweet. Soft.   Keeps warm, I expect. I don’t think we could do that. They’re so clever. They just do it with their beaks. true     … Continue reading In The Pink – a poetry project with people living with dementia