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Poet Ian McMillan visits Bridlington care home

Red House Residential Home.-
Poet Ian McMillan doing poetry readings with the residents.-
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Ian pictured with residents

Red House Residential Home.- Poet Ian McMillan doing poetry readings with the residents.- NBFP PA1406-6a Ian pictured with residents

 

Residents at Red House enjoyed a creative day of writing rhymes with Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan.

On Tuesday 4 February Ian visited the residential care home in St Anne’s Road, Bridlington, as part of a Poetry on Prescription Project which also visited three other homes in the town.

The project sees Ian writing poetry in sheltered housing and residential care homes bringing people together through poems and laughter.

Maggie Bunney, activities coordinator at Red House, said: “The residents really enjoyed it and they put together a poem which we have on the wall. It is really funny and it is all about what they would do if they won a lot of money. It seems as though they would like to travel to Hong Kong, Spain and even Scarborough.

“The visit stimulated their minds, got them thinking - they are very creative.”

Ian spent time with people at The Wayne and Kingsmeade in Bridlington accompanied by chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Councillor Claude Mole. Ian and Rachael Drew from East Riding libraries also visited Applegarth Court.

Coun Mole said: “These workshops are an excellent way to encourage people to express their emotions and ideas through poetry.

“People can relate to a poem which can be used in their everyday life

“In some cases these poems can be more helpful than many forms of therapy.

“Poems have the ability to see readers through the most difficult moments of life.”

 

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