Under The Hawthorns: A Collaborative Poem
At the Hawthorns Northampton, a dedicated Well-being and Activities team listens to residents’ requests and personal interests to organise a range of classes, clubs and events and trips out on the minibus to local areas of interest. Recently, they hosted an Art, Film and Literature Festival, with various activities, entertainment and guest speakers who joined the Hawthorns throughout the week. As part of this, residents enjoyed a poetry workshop with Poet Laurate Emilie Lauren Jones.
Emilie has performed alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Roy McFarlane and Hollie McNish. Her poetry has been featured on local and national radio and television, and she facilitates writing workshops for adults and young people to share her love of words.
Working collaboratively with Emilie, residents Angelo, Brian, Judith and Sheila wrote ‘Under the Hawthorns’, which conveys their experience as part of the friendly retirement living community. General Manager Sarah-Lou Haskins said, “This was a fantastic workshop; we are so pleased with the final poem. Our Art, Film and Literature Festival was a great success, and we are looking forward to our upcoming events.”
Hear the poem by watching the video below:
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