The uplifting power of enjoyment of creative writing, our voices heard, sharing and sparking ideas nurtures our resilience in the community.
Engaging in re-energising social activity from the onset of a potential dementia empowers individuals and their loved ones to preserve their brain health, combat isolating fears and nurtures sense of identity, of belonging and resilience for years longer.
Professor Lynne Corner, Director of VOICE and COO at the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing at the University of Newcastle chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, culture health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the science of language for brain health, referral to creative writing programmes and a range of poetry approaches, including creative writing for South Asians for brain health are debated.
- Chair: Professor Lynne Corner, Director of VOICE and COO at the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) at the University of Newcastle.
- Professor Catherine Loveday, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Westminster
- William Sieghart CBE, founder of the National Poetry Day and Chairman of Forward Thinking
- Kadija Sesay MBE, FRSL, FRSA, literary activist of Sierra Leone descent, poet founder of SABLE Litmag
- Kate Parkin, Regional Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance champion and Creative Ageing Programme Manager, Equal Arts
- Daisy Barrett-Nash, poet. Writers at Play: ‘The Art of Letter Writing’ for Equal Arts
- John Deutsch, Writers at Play participant
- Cheryl Moskowitz, American poet, novelist, translator
- Nabeela Ahmed, writer, poet, storyteller, teacher, artist
- Justyna Sobotka, Healthy London Partnership: Social Prescribing Project Officer, Regional Learning Coordinator Support
- Veronica Franklin Gould (VeronicArts and A4D)
The webinar series is produced in partnership with Sir Muir Gray of the Optimal Ageing Programme at the University of Oxford and with Arts 4 Dementia.