Changing Minds: Memories Lost and Found - a poetry competition for adults

1 July - 23 August 2019

Many people have been affected by dementia, brain injury or degenerative conditions which affect the memory and thought process, either directly or by supporting a family member or friend. These conditions change us, but they also give us access to memories in a different way, that can often inspire us to record our thoughts. Much research has been done in the neurological field evidencing the positive impact of writing and reading poetry on the brain.

Inspired by this, and the poems of Des O’Brien, featured in his collection How Art* we invite you to write a poem about memory or the mind, in response to your experience of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

This competition is presented by Dunedin Public Libraries in partnership with the New Zealand Neurological Foundation, and with the support of Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, Alzheimer’s Otago, poet Sue Wootton and Dr Yoram Barak, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. Thanks also to Des O’Brien and the O’Brien Family.

Competition opens 1st July

Entry open to adults aged 18+ - for full details, terms & conditions and prize information (from 1 July), visit or pick up an entry form from any Dunedin Public Library

Closing date 23rd August 2019 – National Poetry Day

*copies of How Art are available to purchase from Alzheimer’s Otago

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