Poems for Patience exhibition. Image credit: David Ruffles.

Saolta Arts, the dedicated arts service for the Saolta University Health Care Group, is seeking entries for its annual poetry competition. The poetry competition is run in conjunction with the Poems for Patience series as part of Cúirt International Festival of Literature (17  – 23 April 2023). The winner will have their poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of Poems for Patience 2023.

Poems for Patience is a long running series which over the past nineteen years has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems, after exhibition on the Arts Corridor, are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals and in 2023 will also be distributed to Saolta’s public hospitals in Ballinasloe, Castlebar, Roscommon, Sligo and Letterkenny.

The winner will also be:

  • Invited to read their winning poem at the launch of the 2023 Poems for Patience at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April
  • Provided with accommodation in Galway if travelling for one night during the festival
  • Given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster
  • Invited to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

The closing date for the competition is 17 February 2023.

The winner will be announced on 14 March 2023. The competition judge is poet Kevin Higgins.

For details on how to enter visit the Saolta Arts website:


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