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Place Poets in Memory Cafés

Literature Works' National Memory Day programme places trained poets in Memory Cafés bringing the joy of poetry to those with memory loss and their carers. AHSW are matching donations up to £2000 to support this initiative - read on to find out more.

Poetry can have a powerful and moving effect on memory, especially for the older generation who so often learned poems by heart at school.

This autumn Arts & Health SW will match the first £2000 Literature Works raise, £ for £. Please donate to help us get poets in memory cafes.

Help us use poetry as a catalyst for unlocking memories and making new ones. It costs just £250 to provide a poetry session in a Memory Cafe – with a match from AHSW it’s just £125. The challenge is running until 31 December 2018. Please give here.


Poet training session in Devon in November

Literature Works are holding a free training session for poets interested in working with people living with memory loss in Devon. They will be at Exeter Central Library on 7th November where poet Karen Hayes will deliver training alongside representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society South West. 

If you would like to apply for a place on this half-day course, please email Kate Wilson at  memoryday@literatureworks.org.uk with your CV by Friday 26th October at 5 pm.


National Memory Day poetry competition

There are two weeks left to submit your poems for Literature Works' National Memory Day poetry competition which closes on 5th October 2018.

They are accepting submissions of poems to two prize categories:

The Poetry Prize, sponsored by Literature Works and The Primary Carer Voice Prize. Both categories have three placing prizes: 

1st £700 

2nd £200 

3rd £100. 


They are seeking poems on the theme of ‘memory’. Compositions could be influenced by the experience of living with memory loss, or the theme lends itself to a broader interpretation. Submissions can be in any form, but should be no longer than 40 lines. 

This year, they are accepting submissions by post or online

Full details of the competition and submission processes can be found here

AHSW Podcast: Literature Works – Poetry and Memory Loss

AHSW is pleased to have recorded a conversation with Helen Chaloner from Literature works, about poetry and memory loss, with some great bonus audio of poetry readings and conversations with others who have been involved in their work. Please have a listen! Also, we’d really appreciate it if you comment, rate and subscribe in iTunes to help raise the visibility of this story.

- You can stream the recording on the AHSW website here (scroll down to see the latest episode.)

- You can stream or download to your computer, phone or tablet via iTunes by clicking here

- You can also listen via Soundcloud here.


More Information

Visit the National Memory Day website HERE

Donate via JustGiving HERE



Posted on 17 September 2018

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