Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect my Brain

A number of years ago I composed a poem which I called ‘Five Letters to the Stranger who will Dissect my Brain.’ It was both a joy and an honour to watch this poem take flight in the imagination of others, as director Oonagh Kearney created a film inspired by it. Last night the film was announced as Best Irish Short Film at the Dublin International Film Festival. I am so thrilled for Oonagh and for all the actors and the amazing team who helped to carry her vision to the stage.

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The film itself is available to view here, and has been described as follows:

“When Viv, a first year medical student at Trinity College Dublin, takes a scalpel to a cadaver in her university anatomy room, her absorption of the magnitude of her responsibilities, propels her on a soul-searching journey into the nature of what it means to be alive. Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain is a philosophical and emotionally-charged drama about the eternal interconnections between the living and the dead.”

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