Participants: Palliative care staff, patients and families, Aberystwyth
Lead artist: Mererid Hopwood
Partners: Gudrun Jones (art therapist), Hywel Dda Health Board
Further info: During this residency, poet Mererid Hopwood will meet with staff and the families of patients at the Palliative Care Unit in Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, as well as those cared for in the community. From her discussions she will compose a series of poems exploring end of life and mortality. We will publish these poems in a bilingual pamphlet both in print and digitally during the Byw Nawr/Live Now week in May 2018. The poems will be used as a resource for discussing these difficult themes, especially during training staff for health practitioners. This project has received further funding from Welsh Government’s Byw Nawr/Live Now fund.
About Mererid Hopwood: Mererid Hopwood teaches at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and enjoys writing. She has won the Chair, Crown and Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod and has been Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate). Mererid is a prolific and critically acclaimed writer and is very experienced in leading poetry workshops.