Poemathon with Older People

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Neuroscience Ireland has partnered with Poetry Ireland and the Global Brain Health Institute in inviting older people across the island of Ireland to write a line of poetry for a Poemathon with Older People.

The contributions will be combined to form a longer poem that captures the thoughts and imaginings of older people right now in society. John Sheahan, one of Ireland’s best known musicians and member of The Dubliners, has penned the opening line of the poem: “Intrepid intruder, stalker of unwashed hands”.

He will also be contributing the final line of the poem, which will be curated and edited by poet and editor Seamus Cashman.

Poemathon with Older People

John Sheahan said, “The Poemathon with Older People is helping to give a voice to an older generation – a wonderful way to bring us together creatively from all parts of the island of Ireland in a collaborative poem. I look forward to seeing how each contribution steers the poem, meandering like a river, towards its final destination when the finished poem is launched in March.”

Submissions to the Poemathon can be made through a form on Poetry Ireland’s website from 18 January until 5pm on 12 February – at this link.

Have you ever thought of learning to write poetry? The Open University in Ireland are running a Start Writing Poetry course which introduces the basic ‘tools of the trade’ from writing haikus and sonnets to satire and parody.


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