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Poetry in motion to encourage mobility and drive wellbeing

Moving poetry has hit the road as part of a creative project to promote inclusivity amongst city residents.

Co-Motion

Poems by Newcastle-based writer, Anna Woodford, appear on a special Go North East Poetry in Motion bus on one of the award-winning operator’s most popular routes, which journeys across the Quayside and Great North Road.Seven of Anna’s pieces are emblazoned on the bus livery, each based on a three-year study called Co-Motion. Newcastle University is involved in the project which examined the link between mobility and wellbeing of people aged over 55 living in Northumberland, York and Leeds. Carried out between 2014-2017, researchers explored how the attitudes and behaviour of the general public greatly impacted – often negatively – on the mobility of older people.

Changing attitudes

Rose Gilroy, Professor of Ageing, Planning and Policy in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University and principal researcher on the Co-Motion project, explains: “The people involved in the research were going through a life transition, such as having just given up work, starting to live alone or losing sight, and our research looked at how that transition impacts on their sense of wellbeing and ways of getting about. “We wanted to get our findings out there, and into people’s heads, by engaging with creative people. I approached Anna to draw on the narratives, pick out the striking messages and create poetry that might get these across. Anna’s poems are the vehicle for helping to change attitudes in the local community.”

 

To read the full article please visit the Newcastle University website

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