Abse was a judge for the inaugural 2010 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
Best known as a poet, Abse also worked as a specialist at a chest clinic for over thirty years. He studied medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine, and then at Westminster Hospital Medical School and King's College London. He is the younger brother of politician and reformer Leo Abse and eminent psychoanalyst, Wilfred Abse. He has received numerous literary awards and fellowships for his writing. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wales.
Dannie Abse at the FPM for the 2010 Hippocrates Prize judging
His first poetic volume, After Every Green Thing, was published in 1949. His autobiographic work, Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve, was published in 1954. He won the Welsh Arts Council Award in both 1971 and 1987, and the Cholmondeley Award in 1985. He has been a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature since 1983.
The most recent of his autobiographical volumes, Goodbye, Twentieth Century, was published by Pimlico in 2001 to critical acclaim. His most recent novel, The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds & Dr Glas, was published in 2002 and long-listed for the Booker Prize. In 2003 his New and Collected Poems received the Special Commendation of the Poetry Book Society.
In 2005, his wife Joan Abse was killed in a car accident, while Abse
suffered a broken rib. The Presence, a memoir of the year after his wife died,
was published in 2007; it won the 2008 Wales Book of the Year award and was dramatised
for BBC Radio 4.
His book of poetry, Running Late received the Roland Mathais Prize in 2007. The Presence was the winner of the prestigious Wales Book of the Year award for 2008. In 2009 Abse brought out a volume of collected poetry. In the same year, he received the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.
He was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to poetry and literature.
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