In this participative seminar spoken word poet and counsellor Leah Thorn will share her innovative work with older women, undertaken as an ILAS Visiting Fellow. Her project ‘Poetry [E]motion: Older Women Rock the Potteries!’ highlights issues that impact older women, such as lack of media representation, the beauty industry's influence on self-esteem and self-image, poverty and being a carer.
Leah will show examples of poetry/clothes and a film, read poetry created by participants and talk about the power of peer counselling for relationship-building. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to the creation of a group poem.
Funded by Keele University’s Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Arts Council England and supported by Keele University Arts Officer Kerry Jones, ‘Poetry [E]motion: Older Women Rock the Potteries!’ is a collaboration between spoken word poet Leah Thorn and Dr Dana Rosenfeld of the Keele Centre for Ageing Research. The project was made possible through an Institute of Liberal Arts & Science Visiting Fellowship, Keele.
'Older Women Rock!' creates pop-up political art spaces to raise awareness and explore issues facing women in our late-50s, 60s and 70s. Through performance, poetry, retro clothes, listening partnerships and film 'Older Women Rock!' celebrates older women, challenges our invisibility, unites us across our differences and subverts dominant assumptions and prejudices about us.
Refreshments will be available.
This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.