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Sudbury Writers' Guild launches collaborative Hospital Mural Project

Sudburians past and present asked to submit their poem, creative writing piece before June 30
Image provided by Shannon Kingsley.

In June 2019, Greater Sudbury's decommissioned General Hospital of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (St. Joseph's Health Centre) became the canvas for the creation of Canada's largest mural, in collaboration with Up Here Fest. 

The artistic process and finished result got a lot of people talking, not only of their stylistic preferences, but what this change means and represents for the Nickel City. 

To capture that perspective, the Sudbury Writers' Guild has launched the Hospital Mural Project, where they have invited Sudburians past and present to share what the old General Hospital, and if possible, the new mural means to them. 

"Buildings play important roles in cities. Here in Sudbury, Science North, the Super Stack, and the Big Nickel are all landmarks," said a press release by the Guild.  

"The General is also a landmark. With its new mural, the old hospital is now a visual metaphor for how communities change and evolve over time."

Topics can include what the hospital and or mural says about the city, what the colours mean or represent, what the butterflies symbolize, or what emotions are evoked by driving by the building, past or present. 

Participants are asked to submit up to three poems or prose entries (either fiction or non-fiction) up to 2,000 words in length. Writers can be of any age and submit work in any language. 

All work should be typed, with poems single-spaced on a page, and prose work double spaced.

Submissions must include a cover letter with your name, the title(s) of your creative pieces, and contact information including your phone number and email address. Writers are asked not to include their name on the submission itself, so that judging may be anonymous. 

Those interested in taking part in the Hospital Mural Project must submit their work before June 30 through the Sudbury Writers' Guild website or email