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BMJ. 2007 September 29; 335(7621): 635.
PMCID: PMC1995506

Enter the circle, invites Nobel prize winning poet

The Scottish sculptor David Annand stands with his statue the Listening Lady, which sits in a circular frame and acts as a resting place for patients and visitors at the Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Belfast.

The seat is inscribed with a poem written specifically for the project by local poet and Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney. It reads:

Still yourself, take time, be at rest.

Enter the circle, unalone, a guest.

The 40 year old hospice has just been redeveloped in a two year project funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It has doubled the size of the hospice, which now includes an outpatient and day therapy area as well as a modern inpatient unit offering 17 new, fully serviced rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

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