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Care Home Residents Celebrate National Poetry Day

Rhyming couplets were the order of the day at Austen House care home in Lower Earley, Reading where residents were keen to get involved in National Poetry Day which took place on October 5th.

National Poetry Day is an annual mass celebration that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. It generates hundreds of events nationwide all celebrating poetry’s power to start conversations and bring people together.

Staff and residents at Austen House care home decided to host a discussion about residents’ favourite poems and listen to staff and residents reading poems, along with a cup of tea and some delicious cakes.

Sunita, the Activities Co-ordinator at Austen House commented: “Our residents love to write and listen to poetry, and to discuss their favourite poems so National Poetry Day is a fantastic excuse for us all to spend the day with our noses in our favourite poetry books.”

Joleen Leung, Operational Manager at the home, said: “Our residents have had a great day swapping their favourite poems and discussing what they love about them. It has been such a treat to immerse ourselves in the rich, evocative language of poetry – we have all found it so rewarding.”











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