United Kingdom, Writer in Residence for Alzheimer Scotland, Scotland
He has worked for twenty-three years on communication with people with dementia, notably as Research Fellow in Communication Through the Arts for Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling. As well as working at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford as Poet Mentor in Residence, he is currently Writer in Residence for Alzheimer Scotland.
John has written extensively on the subject of Communication and Creativity, and broadcast on the BBC’s Radio Three and Four and the World Service. He has given presentations and run workshops in many countries including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA.
John’s publications in the dementia field are extensive. As well as dozens of articles, papers and chapters, he has had five books published, most recently Dementia Positive (Luath Press 2013). He has also edited eight books of poems by people with dementia.
He is currently writing a book on Poetry and Dementia, and is about to embark on a research project for the University of Bangor in Wales called ‘Creative Communication’, exploring the use of all the arts in the training of professional carers.