National Memory Day is an annual celebration of poetry and creative writing for people affected by memory loss. National Memory Day raises awareness of the challenges for families, carers and those living with memory loss face and raises funds to support Poetry workshops which explore memory through a year-round poetry programme.
The first National Memory Day is 18 May 2017.
“Over 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. By 2025 this number will exceed 1 million. Reciting and creating poetry can help to unlock memories and encourage new conversations for people living with memory loss and their friends and families.”
Memory Café Poetry is a project to fund Poets-in-Residence to work with groups attending Memory Cafés. They will provide workshops to recite poetry and follow where the memories lead.
Through the Memory Café Poetry initiative, poets and writers will work with Memory Café attendees to recite poetry and see what memories this activity might trigger. Poets will then continue to work with families to explore these memories and find new stories and additional workshops will also provide support and help to get families and friends writing and creating their own records to capture and share their precious memories.
National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition is a major new creative writing competition around the theme of Memories. The competition wants to promote engagement and discussion around memory loss and dementia for people of all ages. To find out more click here.
As well as providing opportunities for professional poets and writers to gain experience, developmental support and to sustain their living from their writing, National Memory Day will encourage everyone to get involved in raising awareness of dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory loss.
Memory Cafes provide a safe and supportive environment where people living with memory loss and their carers can socialise informally and receive support and information.