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Renal dialysis patient Liz McCue to give public interview at The Book Centre,

Waterford on Saturday 16 September, 12 noon

Renal dialysis patient Liz McCue, whose autobiography Thursday’s Child – Stories of survival from a feisty renal warrior is now in second print, will give a public interview at The Book Centre, Waterford on Saturday 16 September at 12 noon. Liz will be interviewed by artist Philip Cullen, an artist with Waterford Healing Arts Trust, who worked with Liz on the development of the book. She will also be delighted to sign copies of the book. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend this special event. Further details from Waterford Healing Arts Trust (051) 842664 / http://www.waterfordhealingarts.com Thursday’s Child is available to purchase at The Book Centre and at Waterford Healing Arts Trust, price EUR10.00.

Self-confessed renal warrior Liz McCue has come a long way. Through her early days growing up in Dublin in the shadow of the Guinness-owned Knockmaroon Estate, her turbulent teenage years in England and her later life back in Ireland, in Thursday’s Child she describes with tremendous heart, searing honesty and great humour the challenges of a life marked with ill-health and family heartache.

Liz McCue says that writing this book has been a dream come true for her: “I aspired to be a writer of sorts from a young age and I am grateful to the many people who helped me in whatever way they could:

The Sisters of Cluny in Chapelizod, Dublin for their encouragement when I was very young, Brenda and all the staff at the Renal Dialysis Unit at University Hospital Waterford, the team at Waterford Healing Arts Trust and especially artist Philip Cullen, who pushed and cajoled me every step of the way. Through this process, I have come to love and respect the feisty, confident, determined renal warrior that is now the new Lizzybits”.

Dr Sean Leavey, Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospital Waterford, who officially launched

Thursday’s Child at WHAT, spoke warmly of Liz McCue, who has been his patient for many years. “Liz has been amazing: She is a pioneer in the work she has done and displays an amazing kindness and generosity to others. Thursday’s Child is a wonderful book which provides us with a chance to wonder in awe at the person who is Liz McCue. She is a truly courageous person: Her tale can be sad and heartbreaking at times, but her kindness shines through. Courage, kindness, honesty, forgiveness, healing, joy – it’s all there.”

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. WHAT has been running an arts programme in the renal dialysis unit of UHW since 2007, supported by the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.

WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website http://www.artsandhealth.ie

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