Join the Poems For Patience launch through Zoom at:  

Meeting ID: 738 901 3549 


Poems for Patience is an annual anthology of poetry by Irish and international poets in which poems are displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway’s public hospitals.  This year’s selection will be shared with other hospitals in Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal.  In the past, the series has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Jane Hirschfield, Tess Gallagher and Ailbhe Darcy.  This year’s selection has been kindly chosen by Ciara Ní É. An annual poetry competition was introduced by Saolta Arts in 2013 to give a platform for emerging poets to showcase their work alongside acclaimed writers.  The winning entry A Bolt of Happiness by Maurice Devitt will be introduced by competition judge, Kevin Higgins. The event is kindly hosted by Over the Edge.


Ciara Ní É is DCU Writer in Residence 2020. She is the founder of REIC, a monthly multilingual spoken word and open mic night that features poetry, music, storytelling and rap. Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Icarus and Comhar. Her first poetry collection is forthcoming. 


Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events and has published five full collections of poems. He has taught Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute for the past fifteen years and is the Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway International Summer School and also teaches on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme. Kevin’s sixth book, Ecstatic, will be published by Salmon next summer.


Saolta Arts runs the west of Ireland’s leading Arts and Health programme as a means of improving the hospital experience for patients, staff and visitors.  They believe access to the arts promotes well-being and enhances the hospital environment.

This is a live event via Zoom.

Event Location

Online (Zoom)

A link to the Zoom event will be emailed to participants near to the day of the event.

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