September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.
0n September 8th 2017 we again held a very enjoyable afternoon Literary Tea. Marie organised and hosted the event. She provided a super tea and had dressed her house with literary artefacts and books and provided 2 Jane Austen books as raffle prizes. Several members read a range of poems, quotes and prose that they had discovered, remembered, appreciated or even one case written! Although serious problems were addressed there were also humorous readings. Memories and experiences were re-called, invoked by the readings.
Proceeds raised this year were in aid of “Books in a Box”. This new venture was aimed to provide a book box for children’s use at the Food Bank and Atal y Fro, a refuge helping families to break the cycle of domestic violence. It will allow access to books at a difficult time when they would otherwise be very limited.
Following the readings President Jackie was presented with 2 NHS sanctioned books “ Remembering the 50’s” which will be donated to the Barry Dementia Services