A new project – Creative Conversations

I’ve just started work with Creative Conversations, led by Arts Alive and Media Active. This three year partnership development links experienced agencies for arts and health to help establish new creative opportunities for people aged 55 and over. Participants may want to develop their own creative ideas, acquire new skills that can be shared with others, or may simply wish to try something new. This is a really exciting … Continue reading A new project – Creative Conversations

Songs of the Trees: Telford

Since October, I’ve been working on a wonderful creative writing project in Telford. ‘Songs of the Trees’ was funded as a pilot project for health and wellbeing in older people, and managed by the excellent Creative and Cultural Development Team at Telford & Wrekin Council. The project attracted a core group who have stayed with the project throughout – requesting it to be extended. Every week … Continue reading Songs of the Trees: Telford

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

Five Sites, Five Senses : disability, poetry & landscape

I’m working on a great project with partners Shropshire Hills AONB, the Vision Homes charity in Ludlow, Loudwater Studio and all-round dynamo and now good friend, Julia Walling from Woods for Wellbeing.  We’re taking people with severe disabilities, with their carers, out into the nearby countryside in the Shropshire Hills. It’s called Five Sites, Five Senses to reflect the nature of the places we’ve been … Continue reading Five Sites, Five Senses : disability, poetry & landscape

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