Well, response to this project has been entirely positive, though it came in short supply. With Sophie’s computer broken, the online work falls on my shoulders, with a novel in the works for NaNoWrimo too, and all my college work to do. Who ever said this would be easy?

On the bright side, I was able to use my connections very well. We all know that my lovely cousin is designing the book, but did you know that my photographer friend is going to help out with pictures? David Doherty will be taking photographs at any events Sophie and I organise to help raise awareness of the project, and make it a little more fun for those of you abroad.

As well as that, I’ve gotten in touch with over 150 writers telling them about this book, and will be abusing Twitter with more links (if you’re reading this because of Twitter, let me know the abuse was a success). The more poets we get, the better. We already have a few submissions, and promises of submissions, so it’s a start. I invaded two writers forums and told them about it, and people seem quite happy to submit.. if they’d actually read the posts.

So, help? Please do. We need as much coverage as possible before release time, which will hopefully be in February. As you can see, that’s not very far away at all. We need poets, people!




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.