Reading Rooms marks Positive Ageing Month

Verbal’s Reading Rooms has marked Belfast City Council’s Positive Ageing Month with two special events at Easons Belfast.

An intergenerational event with children from Seaview Primary School explored the theme of Grandparents and Memory, looking at how we can help older people with dementia and memory loss. The group decided that the best way to help is by trying to keep memories alive and sharing them. The children worked on a questionnaire about what age are we considered old and why, and headed back to school with beautiful drawings of their grandparents, who they are going to interview to put these precious memories into their ‘memory box’.

Members of the Utopia Project Tullymore attended a session on the theme of ageing where the group shared Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s marvellous short story Squidinky, about a widowed tattoo artist who makes a new acquaintance. The Upper Andersonstown Community Forum ladies weren’t big fans of tattoos, but did see them as a legitimate art form! The group also looked at Czech poet Vladimir Holan’s Meeting in a Lift, which stimulated discussions on loneliness and the dispersal of families.

On Sunday 22nd October, the Reading Rooms mobile bus will also be at the Ulster Museum, 11am-4pm, for a free event as part of Poppies: Weeping Window. Climb aboard the bus for stories & poems linked to the theme of war to accompany the awe-inspiring installation at Belfast International Arts Festival.

This is a unique chance to hear some of this great literature, particularly the poetry from World War One This is an event for all ages. We particularly welcome inter-generational parties. Literature will be targeted at the appropriate age levels present for each session, with readings from poems, picture books, etc. on the theme of WWI. For further details, call 028 7126 6946 or email


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