About the Project

IMG_3099 About the Dales Tales Project Derbyshire Adult Education Service has been working with patients and staff at Newholme Hospital since summer 2013.  Classes have included Tai Chi, Creative Writing and Singing.

As part of the Creative Writing/Reminiscence Project, Derbyshire County Council obtained a grant from the Arts Council to put the writing done at the hospital into an anthology called “Dales Tales”.

These poems have been compiled by creative writing tutor Anne Grange and put into a physical and e-book which is now available on Amazon. You can also pick up a copy from the hospitals and at Midway Community Centre in Bakewell.

This writing has been produced as a result of workshops with patients in two wards as Newholme: at Stanton Day Hospital – with a group of older patients with “functional” mental health problems and physical health issues.  Anne also works closely with Riverside Ward, a residential assessment ward for dementia patients. She is also running workshops at Cavendish Hospital in Buxton, and Walton Hospital in Chesterfield, also working with residential assessment wards for dementia patients.

The Dales Tales project has now also run very successful additional workshops at Walton Hospital in Chesterfield, Midway Hospital in Ilkeston, Bakewell Age Concern Centre, and Clay Cross Day Centre. Read the blog for the poems that were written in these sessions.


About Anne Grange Anne Grange is a tutor for Derbyshire County Council, specialising in Creative Writing and Literacy. An English Literature graduate from the University of Sheffield, she holds an OCR Adult Teaching Qualification at Level 4, and a PGCE in teaching English from Sheffield Hallam University. Anne is also a graduate of the prestigious Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University. As a freelance writer and editor at Wild Rosemary Writing Services, Anne also works on novels, memoirs and non-fiction books with a variety of clients, bringing people’s publishing dreams into reality. Anne has also published a novel Outside Inside, set in Derbyshire.

About Derbyshire Adult Education Service Derbyshire Adult Education Service has centres throughout Derbyshire, and works in partnership with community organisations to provide a service with opportunities for everyone. For more information, click here.

About Newholme Hospital, Bakewell Newholme Hospital is an NHS Community Hospital in Bakewell, Derbyshire. The hospital provides rehabilitation for the older people, and older people’s mental health services. For more information, click here.

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