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Eight women poets  ­— Marie Cadden, Marion Cox, Mary Hanlon, Susan Lindsay, Mary Madec, Mari Maxwell, Robyn Rowland and Lorna Shaugnessy — who have had experiences with breast cancer are being published in a collection of poems called Bosom Pals. The anthology will be launched on 14 September at University Hospital Galway. 

All the poets live, or have lived, in Galway. The project is the brainchild of Spiddal-based Marie Cadden, the editor, who is also one of the poets in the anthology. She was inspired to put the collection together after realising so many of the women she knew in the Galway poetry scene also had experiences with breast cancer.

The forward is written by Professor Michael Kerin, Director of the Lambe Institute for Translation Research at NUI Galway, and the introduction is by RTE’s Aine Lawlor, herself a breast cancer survivor. The anthology also includes a series of black and white sketches by Marie’s daughter, Ruth Cadden.

Aosdana poet, Moya Cannon, will launch the anthology at 5pm in the foyer of University Hospital Galway and all are welcome to attend.

Proceeds from the sale of Bosom Pals will go to Galway-based charity Breast Cancer Research, who fund a comprehensive research programme at the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, NUI Galway

The anthology is published by Connemara-based publisher Doire Press and CL Print, Casla, are printing all copies of the book free of charge, ensuring 100% of proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.


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