A Portstewart poet has expressed her sincere thanks to a local GP practice for helping to fulfil her dreams of attending a prestigious film awards ceremony in Scotland next week.
Carol E Kelly will travel to Edinburgh to pick up an award on behalf of herself and local fim-maker Paddy Trolan for the film ‘Considering Carol’.
The short 2011 film is a brief yet insightful look into the sometimes troubled yet often brilliant life of the schizophrenic poet.
The film has been named a joint winner at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Now Portstewart Medical Practice - and in memory of the late Seamus Harley - have stepped in to fund Carol’s trip to Scotland.
A thrilled Carol told the Times: “I will fly out twice this month to Edinburgh to fulfill the dreams I have to shape the stage on the Royal Mile as a survivor of schizophrenia - something I’m sure Seamus and his whole family would have loved him to do.
“I will be honoured to step onto the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival stage in the White Horse, Cannon Gate, Edinburgh and return to the Filmhouse to collect the joint award myself and Patrick Trolan who is in California.”
The inspiring film will also be shown during the 7th Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
It’s been a very busy time for Carol who recently performed a reading of her two books ‘Champagne From A Teacup’ and ‘Schizo As It Was’ at Portstewart Library at a very well attended National Poetry Day event.