Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Stepney got creative putting pen to paper as they celebrated a worldwide day of poetry.
The team and residents at Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home on Redmans Road marked UNESCO’s World Poetry Day (Wednesday 21 March) with a day of literary inspired fun.
Residents enjoyed listening to and trying their hand at a whole range of poetry, from five-line limericks to a Japanese Haiku.
Activities leader Kay Wilson sourced a number of poems about London and the East-End in particular, to help bring back warm memories for the home’s residents, many of which grew up in the local area.
Speaking of the day’s festivities, Kay said: “We all had such a lovely day – poetry is such a wonderful form of expression and being able to find poems that our residents already knew from when they were growing up was fantastic.
“There was plenty of reading along, laughter at the limericks and reminiscence about some very fond memories.”
UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day in 1999 and it is now celebrated every year providing an occasion to honour poets, revive poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry and celebrate one of the most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expressions and identity.