It’s coming up to Christmas. It’s a happy time of year in Dublin. Everyone is smiling, almost.

For many, the holiday season can be a horrible experience; young children are admitted into St John’s at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. They suffer from one of the many types of cancer. For them and their families, Christmas is completely different. They may not be at home, especially when one considers that St John’s is the only children’s cancer ward in the country.

Starting this year, something will be done to help the ward make a difference to the lives of these children, with one publication – Poetry Against Cancer. As part of a movement started by Sophie Goldsbury, my friend and collegue, we’ll be taking in poems from the public. The very best will be published in a volume designed by Rachel Dooley, with all the proceeds going to St John’s.

We’re asking for your help. Submitting a poem, spreading the word, buying the book when it eventually comes out – each move will help change the lives of the children of St John’s.

Poems can be sumbitted under the following headings:

  • Poems for Children
  • Love Poems
  • Poems about Friendship
  • Sad Poems
  • Seasonal Poems
    – Spring
    – Summer
    – Autumn
    – Winter

That’s eight areas in which your poem can fit. Eight areas in which you can help the poor individuals and their families.

Submit your poems or offer your services by emailing poetry.against.cancer(at)gmail(dot)com or by leaving a comment below.

Many thanks,
Paul Carroll.


5 Responses to “Introduction”

  1. 1 Amy

    Hey Paul πŸ™‚

    I think that this is an incredible idea, and I’d love to help… I’ll see if I can dig something up from somewhere πŸ™‚

    xxx A

    • Yay! Thanks Amy! And hey, invite everyone you know the Facebook page we set up. I believe I’ve invited you to it already (I invited all my Facebook friends… ^_^)

  2. Good on you Paul, this is a great idea. I will look for the Poetry Against Cancer page on facebook.

    With such a great cause you will have no problems finding a sponsor. So I will certainly be giving this book as a gift at Christmas.


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