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Membership Fee Update

The Board of Lapidus International has been working hard to provide members with value for money for their membership fees.  We have an enthusiastic team of volunteers and self-employed contractual staff working to deliver a more accessible and lively online presence, guidance, advice and useful materials. 

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LIRIC and the New Editorial Board

Lapidus International has just launched LIRIC, our research arm. The Lapidus International Research and Innovation Community became a real presence for our words-for-wellbeing not-for-profit company at the research symposium event at the end of July at Storyhouse in Chester. 

 

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Book Review: Poetry and Dementia, by John Killick

Book Review: Poetry and Dementia, by John Killick, published by Jessica Kingsley, 2018,

ISBN 9781785921766, £16.99


I was fortunate to hear John Killick’s address at the Breathing Space conference held at Snowdonia in November 2017. He began by talking about the fashion in contemporary poetry for obscure meaning and identified a trend towards more accessible, more natural writing, arguing that there is greater value in what has clarity of meaning. He allied himself with Peter Elbow’s approach to language and the application of speech to writing, as described in Peter’s book, Vernacular Eloquence.  Indeed, he refers to Elbow’s work in his postscript in Poetry and Dementia, published by Jessica Kingsley, 2018, when he discusses the quality of the language of people with dementia, describing it as ‘the Poetry of Natural Speech’. 

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Chair's Report - Lapidus International AGM 2017

On December 9th 2017, Clare Scott, Chair of the Lapidus International board, delivered the following report at the AGM in London:

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