In celebration of All Ireland Poetry Day on 4 October 2012, Naas General Hospital Arts Committee has been coordinating the project A Menu of Poems – 2012 on behalf of the Arts and Health Coordinators of Ireland. A number of both established and emerging poets were invited to donate work for this project which was edited by Kildare based poet Mae Leonard. This anthology, initially conceived by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, has been running for the past three years and is supported by Poetry Ireland.
Copies of the small anthology will be distributed on meal trays for inpatients and available for service users including staff, visitors and outpatients, in a variety of healthcare facilities.
The anthology was launched with readings by poets Mae Leonard, Ann Egan, Clare Ging and Brid Brophy and staff and members of the Arts Committee at the Day Hospital, Naas General Hospital on 26 September 2012 and assited by Clinical Nurse Manager Breda Goode.
Poets Liam Aungier, Tony Curtis, Brid Brophy, Ann Egan, John MacKenna, Clare Ging, Noel King, Christine Broe, Karen O’Connor, Colm Cox and Mae Leonard kindly donated their poems. Images from the poems were illustrated in cartoon by Ide Leonard with design by Karen Swords.
The Menu of Poems is a joint initiative between Arts in Health at Cork University; Hospital, Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork; West Cork Mental Health Services; Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust; Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock; Arts Initiative in Mental Health, Sligo; Naas General Hospital Arts Committee and Waterford Healing Arts Trust.
It has been co-ordinated by the Naas General Hospital Arts Committee and kindly supported by Poetry Ireland.
For further information contact Bernadette Jackson, Joint Chairperson, Arts Committee, Naas General Hospital.
Tel: 045 849944/0871225907