Celebrating the "unique relationship" between a man and his child, Sons+Fathers is a new book from the Irish Hospice Foundation with a large number of A-list contributors.
It takes its inspiration from Bono, who has donated drawings of his father towards the end of his life for the anthology. Also offering personal contributions from the world of music will be the other members of U2, Paul McGuinness and his son Max, Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof, Julian Lennon and Gavin Friday.
From film and stage: John Boorman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, Neil Jordan, Paul Cusack and Colin Farrell.
Writers include John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Robert Fisk, Paul Auster, Mick Heaney, Colum McCann, Joseph O’Connor and Salman Rushdie, while Colm Tóibín pens the introduction.
From the political world there are contributions from President Clinton, Alastair Campbell and Bobby Shriver.
Sons+Fathers is set to be published this summer to coincide with Father's Day (Sunday June 21) and proceeds will go towards The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Nurses for Night Care Programme, a service which provides over 1,400 nights of free nursing care at home annually to people with a non-malignant terminal illness.
Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley says:
"Bono planted the seed for this book with his generous gift of the drawing he made of his father when he was dying. He asked if they could be used to raise money for The Irish Hospice Foundation, so we decided on a book, and the net was cast wide and far. We were blown away by the response and generosity of the participants, all who are very busy, well-known people."