SilverThread was founded in Spring 2017 by Dr. Cathy Fowley and Carmel Conroy, education professionals specialising in education for older people through third level institutions.
Our mission is to listen and encourage older people to tell their stories, and to publish them as part of their legacy.
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All those of us that participated found the experience most enjoyable. It was great fun sharing our stories over the short period and we all learned so much more about each other. Silver Thread have this great ability to encourage and draw out stories and even those of us that lacked confidence with regard to our writing abilities gained great pride when you helped convert our stories to print.
It was a good experience in the sense in bringing back great memories. It reminded you of working colleagues and friends. The book itself was great to hand down to grandchildren who would never have experienced the things we went through.
I was dubious about the programme, when I was approached. Once I started it was like getting a car started once you rolled in down the hill, it developed its own momentum. When published, I was delighted with the whole affair. I gave copies to family, who were very interested. One of my sisters lives in England and rang to say how delighted she was with the book, that it refreshed memories of her father. I am very pleased and delighted I did it. One of my sisters lives in England and rang to say how delighted she was with the book, that it refreshed memories of her deceased father.
Thanks to Silver Thread for the wonderful work that has been done. "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory".
I think it is a very beneficial group, I have seen the progress in all our residents; some of them used to write but seemed to have given it up over time so it was nice to see them back into the writing world and for people that haven’t written before, it’s a new hobby and all our residents enjoy the sessions very much. I love the idea of having the book at the end to show them something that they’ve achieved and also they have something to show their families.
Having had a desire for quite some time to write when I heard about the workshop I also found it fitted beautifully into time I had resolved to give myself. I sallied forth to meet others involved. Firstly, the facilitators were warm and very welcoming. I had expected ‘a class’ and with a quite small group of others found that the approach was quite delightfully different. Immersion into the writing pool began from day one. I enjoyed the camaraderie, acceptance, intimacy and encouragement to put ‘pen to paper’ for the duration of the course and formed an ongoing path to follow and explore. Many thanks.
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Our books bear witness to times past with stories of ordinary people as they grew up and lived in Ireland or beyond.