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Hywel Dda patient demonstrates the “write” stuff

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Hywel Dda patient demonstrates the “write” stuff

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The Clinical Research Centre at Hywel Dda University Health Board are delighted to have recently been presented with two beautifully framed pieces of calligraphy artwork by patient Mike James.

Mike, who has had a lifelong interest in artwork and history, recently took up calligraphy to challenge himself to learn a new skill.

The artwork he created for the Centre uses a medieval script system called half insular majuscule that was used to scribe important documents and sacred texts, the most famous one being the Book of Kells which is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure.

He regularly attends a Lifelong Learning Service calligraphy class run by tutor, Judith Porch, Community Education Development Officer for the City and County of Swansea.

Commenting on Mike’s works, Judith went on to say, “Mike joined the group just last September and I am incredibly proud of what he has achieved. Calligraphy is not an easy skill to master and Mike has produced outstanding pieces which incorporate not just calligraphy but design and gilding with pure gold leaf. I am thrilled that his work will grace the walls of the new Research Centre and hopefully will inspire future patients.”

Professor Kier Lewis, who heads up the Clinical Research team at Hywel Dda, said: “I am delighted Mike has shown such interest in our Centre and created these pieces specifically for us to remind everyone that the human-being is always central to clinical care and all research endeavours. The pieces now take pride of place in our Centre’s foyer in Prince Philip Hospital (Llanelli).”

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