The National Memory Day Partnership are currently open to applications for a free half-day National Memory Day poet training session on Thursday 31st October 2019, from 1.30 – 4.30 pm in the Public Meeting Room on the first floor at Bristol Central Library. 

We are looking for expressions of interest from practising poets resident in Bristol or within a short commute of the city. 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 Bristol. Please note, there are limited spaces available, so applications will be subject to a selection process.  

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 CV showing your relevant experience alongside a one page supporting statement detailing your suitability for the project. 

 Applications should be emailed  with the words ‘BRISTOL TRAINING APPLICATION’ in the subject line and should be received no later than 5pm on Monday 14th October 2019We will notify successful applicants that they have been allocated a place by 5pm on Friday 18th October 2019.