Poetry for residents of care homes

More than 5000 residents of 88 small and large scale care homes in Fryslân have received poetry cards today.

It is an act of Leeuwarden/Ljouwert UNESCO City of Literature in collaboration with Poetry Pack RIXT, and was set up in light of the difficult situation which affects residents of care homes considerably. Ernst Bruinsma, corporate leader of Ljouwert/Leeuwarden City of Literature:

“With this action we want to provide  comfort and hope in these – especially for the elderly – difficult times.”

RIXT poets Jan Kleefstra, Syds Wiersma, Gerrit de Vries, Froukje Reitsema, Kate Schlingemann, Marije Roorda, Tsjisse Hettema, Martsje de Jong, and poet Baukje Wytsma have written six poems in Frisian, two in Dutch and one poem in Stellingwarfs.

Mrs. Veninga receives a poetry card from care taker Saakje Westerhof at the care home Sint Jozef (Kwadrantgroep) in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden.

In the framework of the project Frisian in Health Care (Afûk), Douwkje Douma has inventarised the interest of elderly homes in Fryslân. Every organisation showed interest: Kwadrantgroep, Hof en Hiem, Meriant, Patyna, Mienskipssintrum Leppehiem en Noorderbreedte.

The poetry cards are designed by BWH Ontwerpers from Ljouwert/Leeuwarden and are printed by Van der Eems in Easterein. The poems will be published on leeuwardencityofliterature.nl as well as on RIXT.

On the website friesindezorg.frl you can find information (in Dutch) on the importance of language in the well-being of people requiring care.

The nine poetry cards

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