‘Bosom Pals’ is a new collection of poems featuring eight women with Galway connections, Marie Cadden, Marrion Cox, Mary Hanlon, Susan Lindsay, Mary Madec, Mari Maxwell, Robyn Rowland and Lorna Shaughnessy, all who have had experiences with breast cancer, and it will be launched this Thursday at University Hospital, Galway.
The project is the brainchild of Spiddal-based, Marie Cadden, who was inspired to put the collection together to support Breast Cancer Research after realising so many of the women she knew in the Galway poetry scene also had experiences with breast cancer. The poems themselves give a great insight into living with breast cancer, both as an individual and within a family, while striving for a positive outcome.
The book’s accompanying, evocative artwork is created by Marie’s daughter, Ruth Cadden, with the introduction by RTE’s Aine Lawlor, herself a breast cancer survivor. Proceeds from the sale of ‘Bosom Pals’ will go to Galway-based charity Breast Cancer Research who fund a comprehensive breast cancer research programme at the Lambe Institute for Translation Research , NUI Galway, and the forward is written by its Director of Research, Professor Michael Kerin.
Connemara based publisher Doire Press and CL Print, Casla, have printed all copies of the book free of charge, ensuring 100% of proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.