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Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for its annual poetry competition

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for its annual poetry competition

 

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again 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 which runs from April 8th – 14th in Galway. The Poems For Patience Competition 2018 winning entry, Ruth Quinlan’s poem ‘Small Acts of Anticipation’ is included in our permanent poetry collection, on display throughout Galway University Hospitals. Ruth Quinlan also won the 2014 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and the 2012 Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction.  She has been shortlisted or runner-up for other competitions such as Cúirt New Writing, the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Awards, and Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Other previous winners include Jane Clarke, Sheelagh Meehan, Liz Quirke, Rachel Coventry, Lorna Shaughnessy and Marie Cadden. We are now inviting poets to enter the 2019 competition with the closing date of Friday February 22nd. 

 

 

The prize as part of the annual poetry competition includes: the winner will have his/her poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2019 Poems For Patience series. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade 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. The winner will also be invited to read his or her winning poem at the launch of the 2019 Poems For Patience at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2019;  given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster and invited to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

 

 

Margaret Flannery Arts Director: ‘Poems For Patience is one of our long running projects as part of the arts programme. Each year we receive a high volume of entrances to our poetry competition and look forward to welcoming all new participants. Poems For Patience is a firm favourite for many patients, staff members and visitors’.

 

 

The competition judge is Kevin Higgins. Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events, teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway Advertiser. His poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry and features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen. He was Satirist-in-Residence at the Bogman’s Cannon (2015-16). '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. His most recent book Song of Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems was published last year by Salmon and includes a substantial number of new poems as well as selections from his six previous poetry collections. 

 

 

For full details in regards to criteria and entry fee contact: Bridget Cheasty, Arts Assistant, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email: bridget.cheasty@hse.ie    

 

About the organisation:

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust run the west of Ireland's leading Arts and Health programme as a means of improving the hospital experience for patients, staff and visitors. The arts trust believes access to the arts promotes well-being and enhances the hospital environment. We provide a multi-disciplinary programme of events and activities, including exhibitions, participative workshops, music, theatre and poetry.  GUHAT is a registered Charity (CHY17964).

 

 

 

Further information: Bridget Cheasty, Arts Assistant, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email: bridget.cheasty@hse.ie     

 

Published

14 Jan 2019

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