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Poems in the Waiting Room was a pilot poetry project initiated by writer Kate Dempsey, and funded by Kildare Arts Service under the Arts Act Grant Scheme.

Poems in the Waiting Room

Poems in the Waiting Room was a pilot poetry project initiated by writer Kate Dempsey, and funded by Kildare Arts Service under the Arts Act Grant Scheme. It was devised to bring poetry into public spaces, introduce it to new audiences and encourage awareness and interest in the wider community. Inspired by the Poetry on the Dart project, Kate developed a poetry leaflet for circulation to public waiting rooms across the county.

The poetry chosen was carefully selected to be accessible to all and included new work by Kildare based writer Ann Egan and Dublin poet Iggy McGovern, older poems by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Leigh Hunt and a poem for children by Robert Louis Stevenson.

In June 2008, two thousand leaflets were circulated to waiting rooms in doctor’s surgeries and hospitals in County Kildare including Naas General Hospital, Clane Hospital and the outpatients waiting room in the Curragh camp.

In a survey of 100 people conducted in Naas General Hospital, 91% indicated they liked the poems and 88% said they would like to see poetry available in the hospital waiting areas on a permanent basis. 

A website on the project was also set up to provide information about the project and the featured poems and poets. Further information is available from pitwr.blogspot.com.

Click the link to donwload  Poems in the waiting room PDF

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