Over the last few months, Open Arts have been engaging with older people's groups, collecting poems, stories and anecdotes for the new Words of Wisdom book.
I worked with Beyond Words (Cruse Bereavement) in Derry, Living Well Living Longer in Dungannon, and Mount Oriel in South Belfast, encouraging conversation and setting writing exercises, listening and learning from each group.
We worked hard to make sure everyone was heard and included, and I feel the book is a real testament to the inclusivity and outreach Open Arts stands for. It was fantastic to catch their reactions today on seeing their words in print for the first time.
Many thanks to my co-facilitators Anna Kyle and Mary Jordan (who also worked with Orchardville Day Centre) for helping to bring out the stories and memories, Ruth Carr for editorial guidance, and to Joanne McCrum for another marvellous job on designing the book.