Donald RJ Singer 1954 - 2022 

Message from Michael Hulse 


Donald co-founded The Hippocrates Initiative in 2009 and ran it with Michael Hulse, with a light touch and unfailing courtesy and efficiency. In the thirteen years since it began, the Hippocrates Prizes for poems on medical subjects have been won by new and established poets from around the globe. The first symposium was held at Warwick University and has since been held at different locations in the UK as well as at Harvard and Northwestern Universities in the United States. 

Hippocrates Press has published numerous anthologies and collections showcasing the value of poetry on medical themes. From its Times Higher Education Supplement “Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts” to its well-loved series of online readings during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hippocrates Initiative has set a global benchmark in promoting and advancing the interface of poetry and medicine.

None of this would have been possible without Donald’s tireless dedication. Our thanks go to everyone who has been a part of this inspiring adventure since its beginning. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Fiona, their three children, and their wider family, at this distressing time. 


Michael Hulse

Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick

Co-founder of the Hippocrates Initiative.

Contact: Michael Hulse m.w.hulse@warwick.ac.uk


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