Poetry & Dementia
John Killick, Jacqui Rowe, David Calcutt & Deborah Alma are 'Listeners'. They use poetry to communicate with people with dementia, and their long-term project run by the Courtyard, Hereford, involves working regularly in care homes throughout Herefordshire. 'In the Pink' is a book of poems by people with dementia, published from work generated by the project.
John Killick, Jacqui Rowe, David Calcutt & Deborah Alma will talk about the ideas behind the work, their experiences of the project and read some of the poems. This will be an engaging and moving presentation, valuable for practitioners, people with dementia, and their families.
Thanks to the generosity and support of the Much Wenlock Forester Charitable Trust (chair Mark Laws) we are able to offer this event FREE to people with dementia and their carers. To book your tickets please click here (our on-line facility closes at midnight on Wednesday 11th April) or you can, of course, buy tickets by calling in to our Box Office at 23 Barrow Street in Much Wenlock. The Box Office is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 - 4pm.
We do hope that health care professionals will enjoy this opportunity of seeing how poetry can work a special kind of magic in peoples' lives, and that this may encourage and inspire other care homes to bring poetry into the everyday lives of of people suffering from dementia. We also would dearly love to welcome people with demetia and their families to join with us in enjoying this first event of our 2012 Festival.