Get involved Volunteer Our intern Hilary Wickenhauser Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened Staff at Verbal have just said good-bye to our Minnesota-born Reading Rooms intern Hilary Wickenhauser. Hilary spent three months at Verbal as part of Ulster University’s INCORE programme (International Conflict Research Institute). INCORE focuses on the theme of democracy and social change in Northern Ireland. Here are some of Hilary’s reflections. How has your time been at Verbal? It has been an eye-opening and wonderful experience for me. I have had the opportunity to truly appreciate the power that storytelling and shared reading has on individuals and groups. What did your internship involve? My main role was to workk with Susanne Stich, literary guide, selecting stories and poems to be used in Reading Rooms. I have been able to explore the beautiful world of Northern Irish and Irish poetry and have found some remarkable poems by Moyra Donalson, Gerald Dawe and Padraic Fiacc – to name a few. Any highlights from your time with us? The highlight has been participating in Reading Rooms across Northern Ireland, with children, adults, and people living with dementia. I was also thrilled to have the opportunity to train for my OCN Level 2 in Facilitation Skills for Shared Reading. I am eager to bring my knowledge back to my small town in Minnesota. Thank you Hilary. We have enjoyed working with you and have a safe trip home.