“My Dear Friend” is a letter writing project between members of the public and local care-home residents as part of Roscommon Arts Centre’s 2021 Bealtaine programme. The centre has invited older participants from its recent correspondence project (Yours Sincerely) to continue with their letter writing, this time engaging with elderly people in long-term care through a series of weekly letters.
Writing prompts will be provided to the public participants each week and they will be invited to form their letters around these – from first jobs, to first loves, trains, planes and automobiles, it is hoped that the correspondence will encourage residents together or privately, to reminisce about their own life experiences and spark conversations about times long forgotten. Residents may opt to pen letters back as the project progresses, memories are evoked and new acquaintances are made.
This project will run throughout May