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Poetry SOS Clinic at Louth County Museum

Festival in a Van
17:00 - 20:30
Booking required


Festival in a Van gets mobile this September with Poetry Ireland for a very special tour. VITAL SIGNS features many of Ireland’s best poets and musicians, offering a series of new gigs that focus on health, healing, and wellbeing.

This Culture Night we have a POETRY S.O.S. CLINIC AT LOUTH COUNTY MUSEUM FROM 17.00-20.30
Hosted by poet and poetry pharmacist, Nithy Kasa will, after a chat with you and prescribe a Vital Signs poem for you, designed to make you feel better, which you can bring home and read at your leisure.
Each personal ‘clinic’ is ten/fifteen minutes long.
The entire clinic will last just over three hours.
All participants will also receive a 10% discount on Vital Signs Publication. See below.

In October 2022, Poetry Ireland published an exciting and innovative anthology of poems about illness and healing. The book, encompassing classic and contemporary poetry by the best of Irish, UK and American poets, has a broad appeal, and prompts broad discussions on issues of enduring and popular concern. Edited by the award-winning poet Martin Dyar, the book engages and delights with its varied cross section of first-rate poems. Poetry Ireland are honoured to confirm that President Michael D. Higgins wrote the foreword to Vital Signs. With illustrations by Irish illustrator and designer Rob Torrans, this beautifully presented hardback edition is available to order now.
Poetry Ireland would also like to acknowledge Professor Luke O’Neill’s support of Vital Signs as a ‘Catalyst Collaborator’. Vital Signs is available to purchase at all good bookshops and online at

NITHY KASA was born in Kimpese, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was raised in its capital, Kinshasa and in Galway, in the West of Ireland. Joining the Dublin Writers’ Forum in 2011, she went on to read for Poetry Ireland, Concern, the National University of Ireland, Galway, the Royal Irish Academy, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature and University College Dublin, among others. She took part in the Ó Bhéal series Make a Connection for the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018. She was also a guest poet for the 2019 Carlow University’s (USA) MFA Residency at Trinity College Dublin. Her poem ‘Gathering’ was shortlisted for the Red Line Book Festival the same year. She received the Poetry Ireland Commission 2020, with the support of an Arts Council of Ireland Commissions Award, and was shortlisted for The Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award 2021. Nithy divides her time between Ireland and The Congo.


Full Address: Roden Place, Townparks, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
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