Hospital Experiences 1955

EXHIBITION : PATRICK KAVANAGH

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In early 1955 Patrick Kavanagh spent time in hospital having undergone surgery for lung cancer. In 'Hospital Notebook', recorded for radio, Kavanagh reflects on his hospital experiences.

  • Title
    Hospital Notebook
  • 1st Broadcast
    04/09/1955
  • Contributor
    Patrick Kavanagh (Writer/Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:19
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    Hospital Experiences 1955
  • Extended description

    In early 1955 Patrick Kavanagh spent time in hospital having undergone surgery for lung cancer. In 'Hospital Notebook', recorded for radio, Kavanagh reflects on his hospital experiences. In this extract the poet describes the preparations for his operation and, with mischievous humour, the difficulty in trying to commit one's last words to paper.

    "...Through the windows I capture experiences of light amid the roofs of St. Kevin's that have the eternal quality of a childhood memory..."

  • Information

    'Hospital Notebook' talks to Patrick Kavanagh about his experience in hospital in 1955.

    This programme was broadcast on 4 September 1955.

  • Local keywords
    Patrick Kavanagh, Poet, Poetry, Hospital Notebook
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1955
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    DCD000336
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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