Older people invite for Poemathon

by Amy Rohu
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Poetry Ireland with the Global Brain Health Institute (Trinity College Dublin) and Creative Brain Week is inviting older people across the island of Ireland to write a line of poetry for a Poemathon with Older People, writes Amy Rohu.

The contributions will be combined to form a collaborative poem capturing the thoughts and imaginings of older people right now on the theme of climate crisis.

Former President of Ireland and Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice at Trinity College Dublin, Mary Robinson, has penned the opening line of the poem, “Growing up we did not know, now we need to mend.”

Speaking about the initiative, Mary Robinson said: “It’s wonderful to see the Poemathon with Older People focusing on the climate crisis as its theme and bringing together the voices of an older generation through the shared experience of creating a poem. As we get older, we think more often about our legacy and picture the world that will be inherited by the next generations. I look forward to seeing how the contributors to the Poemathon engage with the idea that now is the time we need to mend.”

Submissions can be made on the Poetry Ireland website until March 28 at 5pm. For more information visit poetryireland.ie.

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