Theme of Ageism – Year 13

Both in the respect of prejudice against elderly but also prejudice of any singled out age group.

Logan's Run by George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan

A Place to Scream by Jean Ure (It is the year 2015. Old people are dumped on motorways, teenage beggars crowd the streets...).

Disguised by Pat Moore – true story Pat as an experiment disguised herself as an old lady and was horrified at the way she was treated. Excellent read.

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Fiction. Experiment of drug used on 80yr olds that makes them every year a year younger. May not quite fit the bill but a fascinating and well written story.

Memory by Margaret Mahy (too young?)

The Stolen Childhood by Carol Anne Duffy (four stories)?

The Declaration. Longevitity drugs mean you can live forever. However, earth's resources become stretched so The Declaration states that no more children are to be born. Any children who are born are called Surpluses, and this group experiences prejudice.

Warning by Jenny Joseph


Playing God by Glen Colquhoun's
The Smell of a stroke
She took one pill for her heart
What sort of day will it be

Ageism by Satish Verma

You are old Father William by Lewis Carroll

With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Taken from the book
When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. Edited by Sandra Martz. Papier Mache Press--Watsonville, California 1987