The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), Ireland’s leading Arts and Health programme, is calling on all avid readers of poetry and/or prose to share with us their favourite poem / piece of prose for a unique event as part of the forthcoming Well festival of arts and wellbeing.

Research from the University of Liverpool revealed that people who read as little as 30 minutes a week are 35 per cent more likely to have greater life experience. The research showed that regular readers for pleasure reported fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers, and stronger feelings of relaxation.

WHAT celebrates this power of reading to enhance wellbeing via the Well festival.   If you reach for a favourite poem or prose when you need to be inspired, comforted or cheered up, please e-mail it to  by Tuesday 27th September stating who the author is and why you chose it.

A selection of these submissions will be read at a special event called “We haven’t had an earthquake lately…”  in The Book Centre, Waterford, on Friday 7th October at 6.30pm as part of the Well festival of arts and wellbeing.  This is the fourth time that Waterford Healing Arts Trust is hosting this unique literary event which grows in popularity each year.  This special event is sponsored by The Book Centre Waterford.

The Well Festival is a joint initiative between Garter Lane Arts Centre, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Waterford Library Services which celebrates the benefits of participation in the arts.  It is funded by the Arts Council and will run from 3rd  – 10th October 2016.

For more information please go to: or take a look at last year’s web page at
Alternatively contact: Mary Grehan or Stefanie Fleischer at 051-842664 or


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