Our monthly flash theme for May is Walking or Chronic Illness

In May we celebrate National Walking Month with some blogs from keen walkers and ramblers aged 60+, accompanied, hopefully, by some of their photos. We also honour World MS Day with a blog focused on multiple sclerosis and looking generally at how chronic illness and creativity intersect. We would love to read your flash submissions in honour of either or both of these themes. Would you like to tell us something about your experience of being an older person who loves to hillwalk or ramble? Are you an older person managing a chronic illness which has had either a positive or adverse impact on your creativity? Send us your flash submissions! 

Entries will be accepted until midnight on May 31st and flash submissions can take the form of a poem, short story or flash memoir. The winning entry will be chosen by the Autumn Voices staff team and the winner will receive the books Walking For Creative Recovery, by Christina Reading and Jess Moriarty and Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.

Autumn Voices was founded by Robin Lloyd-Jones in 2017, and we are an organisation that seeks to celebrate creativity in later life. We have formed a community here, through our website, to showcase and support different creative activities. We wish to dispel many of the negative stereotypes associated with getting older, and focus instead on positive ageing and the tonic provided by creativity in later life. 

We focus on positive ageing and the tonic provided by creativity in later life.

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We offer wisdom on writing, creating, ageing and living. We are active on social media and have fun with it. We publish newsletters, blogs, photographs, art and video content on the website and invite our community to comment, provide feedback, get involved in our projects and enter our creative competitions. We love reading, writing, nature, food, creative hobbies and social issues. We are embracing old age rather than resisting it, and we are growing our diverse community here to help us do that. 

We welcome everyone aged 60 and hope you join us.