Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust in association with Cúirt International Festival of Literature announce the launch of Poems for Patience XI an exhibition of poems selected and introduced by Theo Dorgan. The launch will take place in the Arts Corridor of Galway University Hospital on Friday April 11 at 11.00am. Each year, a poet who is appearing at Cúirt International Festival of Literature selects poetry suitable for display in waiting areas of University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital. The poet chooses 22 poems which are then framed and displayed in the hospital during the festival.

Poems for Patience is a collection of varied thoughtful poems by celebrated Irish and International poets. Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is hopeful that the poetry disseminated throughout the hospitals will give people pause for reflection and space for hope in both those joyful celebratory moments as well as the all too often times of pain or worry. This year Poems for Patience is selected and introduced by Theo Dorgan.

Also at the launch, Kevin Higgins, Writer in Residence at Galway University Hospitals will introduce Sighle Meehan, the 2014 winner of the Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust second poetry competition. Sighle will be presented with a copy of her poem in a poster format and will read the winning entry entitled Just the One.

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953. He is a poet, prose writer, documentary screenwriter, editor, translator and broadcaster. Dedalus reissued his first two poetry collections: The Ordinary House of Love (1991) and Rosa Mundi (1995) in a single volume, What This Earth Cost Us, in 2008, his most recent collection is Greek (2010). Dedalus Press will publish a new collection in 2014. A former Director of Poetry Ireland, he has worked extensively as a broadcaster of literary programmes on both radio and television. He is also a member of Aosdána and served on The Arts Council of Ireland from 2003 -2008. He lives in Dublin.

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