Your Story And Mine – Booklet Release

The “Words Alive” writing group has just released a new booklet of work called “YOUR STORY AND MINE”

“Words Alive” is a creative writing group that meets in South Belfast on a weekly basis. Supported by the Engage With Age charity, and funded by the Public Health Agency, Words Alive’s members are older people who write poems, stories, and recollections of their past. Each month group members visit local nursing homes and sheltered accommodation to give readings and encourage people to read and write.

Over the past 6 months ‘Words Alive’ has been collecting stories and recollections for their new booklet.

‘Your Story And Mine’ is a touching collection of short stories and memories collected from individuals from various day care centres and housing schemes.

The memories recollected in the booklet include tales of first dances, going to the pictures on a Saturday morning, baking bread, and dancing on the stage of Belfast’s Grand Opera House. Creative writing and reading is an important way of stimulating the mind and increasing social contact. It is also proven to help alleviate stress and improve a person’s well-being.

The booklet has been published online is available to view on:

It can also be viewed via Engage with Age’s Facebook Page on:

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Later this year “Your Story and Mine” will tour as an exhibition to local libraries accompanied by photograph from the project by photographer Bernie Brown (

Words Alive and Engage with Age wish to thank Belfast City Council for their support of this project.

For further information: Please contact Lois Kennedy ,Mob 07595261253 or Email

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