Professor Mary Marshall, Senior Consultant, HammondCare
In this wonderful distillation of long experience John Killick shows us the potential of poetry both as a way of stimulating discussion, and of enabling people with dementia to have a voice. Using his own work and that of colleagues, he provides careful guidance which will be invaluable.
Agnes Houston MBE
In his book John shows how by being a skilled listener you can capture what seems to be garbled, mixed-up thinking and using literature knowledge, turn it into a work of art, and present this gift back to the person with dementia in the form of their own personal poem. I felt humbled by this work.
Sue Benson, Managing Editor, Journal of Dementia Care
John Killick's work over many years has shown how poetry, through many and varied means, can contribute massively to well-being for people living with dementia. This wise, clear guidance, with choice examples of poems and illuminating accounts, is sure to encourage and help others develop their skills in this rewarding area.
Maria Pasiecznik Parsons, Chief Executive, Creative Dementia Arts Network
In this eminently accessible book, John generously and honestly offers a wealth of advice, guidance and resources that emanate from a lifetime of work in using poetry to hear the voices of people with dementia and to capture their lived experience. John carefully explains the craft of using poetry as a medium for positive person-centred work and in doing so makes this book compulsory reading for anyone involved or interested in poetry and dementia.
Clare Scott, Chair, Lapidus InternationalLapidus Quarterly
Described as a practical guide, it is easy to read and yet conveys the complexity of the effects of the condition dementia and ways of using poetry effectively. His understanding and experience of the work gives authority to his explanation and I found it easy to grasp. [...] I felt that Killick summed up what is now the fundament of my practice when working with people of dementia, 'Acts of kindness are what people with dementia need'