Áine Rose Connell

Boats: A poem collaboratively made by Áine Rose Connell and a gentleman with early-onset Dementia.

Áine has also used drawing and performance as tools to increase the self-expression of children presenting with a stammer in a group. This was not clinical in nature and incorporated drawing to explore notions of stammering and the facilitation of a performance of the children’s explorations.

By critically engaging with her own poetic practice, Áine hopes to deepen her standards in collaborative poetry methodology, form, content and structure. She will also reflect on how she can better harness her Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) skills within the realm of collaborative poetry in healthcare settings. SLTs have a unique ability to use counselling and supportive-communication skills with individuals who present with communication difficulties. Poetry can be a powerful tool to explore a changing sense of self which can hold significance in a healthcare setting. Áine envisions her dual enquiry will inform her engagement with individuals in healthcare contexts and commitment to working in an arts and health focused way.

Áine will share learning arising from the bursary with the wider arts and health community via artsandhealth.ie in early 2023.

To learn more about Áine’s practice visit aine-rose.com

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