Pat's 'Bright Clouds' of inspiration
Jooly's Joint member Pat Dwyer has published an account of his life with MS to critical acclaim in his home country of Ireland.
Bright Clouds is a personal account of Pat's experience of living with primary progressive MS. Diagnosed in 2000, Pat decided to write a 'realistic book about MS' that was 'not defeatist or depressive' that would offer 'hope and inspiration' to other people with MS.
Pat says, "I have attempted to write about MS with a sense of humour without trivialising the condition. I spent 13 months researching and writing the book, which has been therapeutic in a way!"
Pat was born in Thurles, County Tipperary in Ireland. He opened the Bealtaine Laois Festival of Literature in May 2002, where he launched his first book of poetry From Thurles to Cuba with Love.
Pat writes poetry in both English and Spanish. In 1998, he was the prizewinner in the Spanish section of the Dun Laoighaire/Rathdown International Poetry Competition.
Pat's other publications inclued a poem From Here to the Horizon (Laois Anthology, 1999). The poem Un Cuba Libra was originally written in Spanish and later anglicised. Bright Clouds is his first venture into non-fiction.
Pat is married to Joan and they have three children.
Above: Pat with Tony Delaney and Clem Ryan at the launch of Bright Clouds in Abbeyleix, Ireland, October 2004.