Poems for Parkinson’s

Scottish Poetry Library has teamed up with Parkinson’s UK to help promote Poems for Parkinson’s for  World Parkinson’s Day on 11th April.

They are asking for people to submit a short poem (around 5-10 lines), telling how Parkinson’s has affected you or someone you care about.

They welcome entries from people of all abilities, so even if it’s your first time writing a poem, why not submit.  They are happy to receive poems in English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic.

From the Scottish Poetry Library comes the following information:

“Share your poem on the social media of your choice – Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. You could record your poem on TikTok or YouTube too. Remember to use the hashtag #WorldParkinsonsDay and be sure to tag @ParkinsonsUK and @ByLeavesWeLive (on Twitter)”.

From Parkinson’s UK comes some tips:

“Your poem can be about any aspect of living with Parkinson’s. It could be funny, happy, cheeky, sad or thoughtful. You could write about:

  • receiving a diagnosis
  • everyday life living with Parkinson’s
  • living or working with someone who has Parkinson’s
  • the stages of Parkinson’s
  • meeting others with Parkinson’s
  • a particular symptom or challenge caused by Parkinson’s
  • any opportunities you’ve had because of Parkinson’s
  • your hopes or fears for the future”

To submit your poem (5 lines maximum) directly to Parkinson’s’ UK use this Link

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