“When I Grow Old I Shall Wear Purple” Jenny Joseph

Misha Herwin talks of wearing purple!

Misha Herwin

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“When I grow old I shall wear purple” Jenny Joseph

Last week I took part in the Live Age Festival at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. The festival celebrates creativity in older age which led me to re-visit Jenny Joseph’s famous poem and to discover the shocking fact that it was written when the poet was only twenty-nine. That a younger person could have such an anarchic take on what it can be like to be old was so refreshing, because it seems that as we age we are seen to be more and more of a problem. The general view is that we will suffer some form of dementia, lose our independence and have to be taken into care. As women we will become invisible as men cranky and not worth listening to and all of us will be infirm and lonely. Old age in fact is going…

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