Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust will launch the tenth series of the Poems for Patience initiative at the 2013 Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Members of the public are invited to attend the launch on 26 April at University Hospital Galway. This Never Happened 2, creative writing by patients and staff at University Hospitals Galway will also be launched on the Art Corridor.

Launch: Poems for Patience – Selected and Introduced by Matthew Sweeney

Poet Matthew Sweeney will introduce 21 poems he has selected, including works by poets reading at this year’s festival. The poetry is circulated throughout the waiting areas of University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital. For the duration of the festival, the poems will be on display on the Art Corridor, University Hospital, Galway.

Matthew Sweeney was born in Lifford, Co. Donegal, in 1952. He moved to London in 1973 and studied at the Polytechnic of North London and the University of Freiburg. He has published twelve poetry collections including The Bridal Suite (Jonathan Cape, 1997), A Smell of Fish (Jonathan Cape, 2000), Selected Poems (Jonathan Cape, 2002), Sanctuary (Jonathan Cape, 2004), Black Moon (Jonathan Cape, 2007), The Night Post: A Selection (Salt, 2010) and Horse Music (Bloodaxe Books, 2013). Black Moon was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Horse Music is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Sweeney has held residencies at the University of East Anglia and the South Bank Centre in London, and was Poet in Residence at the National Library for the Blind as part of the Poetry Places scheme run by the Poetry Society in London. After living in Berlin and Timisoara for some years, he returned to Ireland and now lives in Cork. He is a member of Aosdána.

Poems For Patience is a long running programme established by Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust in which poems are displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway and then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals. Over the past decade the series has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Michael Longley, Vona Groarke, Jane Hirschfield and Tess Gallagher.

Launch: This Never Happened 2

Creative Writing by patients and staff at University Hospitals Galway will also be launched on the Art Corridor. Writer in Residence Kevin Higgins is the editor of their publication entitled This Never Happened 2.


Date: 26 April 2013

Time: 11:00

Directions: From the main entrance of the University Hospital, go through the foyer and take the second right.

For further information contact Margaret Flannery, Arts Director, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust at 091 544979 or


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