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Heritage Week 2023 – Poetry SOS Clinic

Friday, August 18, 2023

Poetry SOS Clinic – Poems prescribed for your health & wellbeing

Festival in a Van gets mobile this August 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.


Hosted by poet and poetry pharmacist, Kerrie O’Brien 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 under three hours.

All participants will also receive a 10% discount on Vital Signs Publication. See below.


Kerrie O’Brien is a poet from Dublin. Her debut collection of poetry, Illuminate, was published by Salmon Poetry in October 2016 and was made possible by a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her poetry has featured in Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, RTE Arena, Sunday Miscellany, The RTE Bookshow, The Irish Examiner and Southword and she was read at literary festivals around the world. For more visit


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

  • Type: Afternoon Event,Talks
  • Time: August 18, 2023 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Venue:Free, Booking required
  • Duration:15 Minute Time Slots