Silent Voices……

Last week I received a lovely package in the post. The book of poetry, ‘Silent Voices’ was published last week and they kindly included 2 of my poems from my blog in the publication and sent me a copy:

‘Encounter with a Stranger’, first published in March 2015
And ‘Today’ from October of the same year.

The book had been compiled by the lovely Jo Allmond and Joy Thomas. They met when they were invited to be on a panel at Hawksbury Upton Literary Festival and realised they had lots in common. The main thing being their use of verse to help cope with difficult situations.

The idea of the book was born. Jo is the mum of the wonderful Jess,with whom she has written ‘Jess the Goth Fairy books. Their web site is well worth a look as it promotes disability and there’s a fabulous photo of Jo and Jess.

Joy has a son with Asperger’s syndrome.

There are poems from other people with dementia, people caring for others, ex carers, and Jo’s wonderful daughter Jess to name a few.

There’s a really good review of the book here:

There are many wonderful poems, each with their own meaning and history but my favourite is a simple one about the value of smiling from an unknown author

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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