Update from Gemma Seltzer, Churchill Fellow in the United Kingdom
12 September 2016
Greetings from the UK. I hope life in Adelaide is treating you well. Thanks again for meeting with me during my time in Australia in May 2015, to talk about your project Creative Male Ageing – Challenging conventions and exploring new options for older men.
I really did enjoy the conversation (and the coffee!) with your colleague John McGowan and yourself, and am grateful to you both for sharing your ideas and experiences with me, not just on this project, but about utilising broadcast media and online resources with older citizens.
I have now produced a first draft of my Winston Churchill Fellowship report. Over the next month or so, I’ll refine the report, draw out recommendations for the UK, and consider my overall conclusions. Then I’ll publish and promote the report via my website and my networks. I want to use the findings to advocate for the huge range of ways older people can enjoy and engage in literary activity, from performance poetry to literature festivals, from collaborative memoirs to transmedia fiction.
Working as a writer and maker in this field, and as an arts funder, I hope I can encourage more organisations to create exciting literary projects with elders in their communities, and encourage a wider diversity of writers to offer their energy and ideas to older people.
All best wishes
Writing, researching, teaching and making literary projects
UK Churchill Fellow Gemma Seltzer, with PBA FM’s Tony Ryan, Adelaide, 8 May 2015
Website – www.creativemaleageing.com
Produced with support from The Office for the Ageing, The Government of South Australia