The National Memory Day Partnership are currently open to applications for a free half-day National Memory Day poet training session on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 between 9.30 am and 1.30 pm at Paignton Library, room 11. 

We are looking for expressions of interest from practising poets resident in Torbay or within a short commute of the area. The selected candidates will be invited to attend this free half day training session for poets interested in delivering poetry workshops at Memory Cafés and other community dementia support settings. This is part of our National Memory Day project, which celebrates the power of poetry and the positive impact of creative engagement for those affected by memory loss.

The training will be delivered jointly by Dementia Friends in association with the Alzheimer’s Society and, on behalf of Literature Works, the poet Karen Hayes, who has successfully run several National Memory Day sessions.  The training is offered free of charge and, although attendance does not guarantee subsequent work, it is in preparation for an upcoming programme of workshops at Memory Cafés in Torbay. Please note, there are limited spaces available, so applications will be subject to a selection process.  Also, the café sessions we will run as part of National Memory Day will be given to practising poets as a priority. 

Please note: Registration will commence at 9.15 am for a prompt 9.30 am start. 

You can find out more about Memory Cafes here. 


How to apply
 If you would like to apply for a place at the training session please email a writing CV alongside a one page covering letter detailing your interest in and suitability for, the project. 

 Applications should be emailed  with the words ‘TORBAY TRAINING APPLICATION’ in the subject line and should be received no later than 5 pm on Monday 6th January 2020 We will notify successful applicants that they have been allocated a place by 5 pm on Friday 10th January 2020.