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Lyrical beauty: international winner announced for Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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20 May 2021: The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine has been awarded to Yvanna Vien Tica from Metro Manila in the Philippines for Euphemisms for Cancer. 

About her poem Yvanna said: "My grandmother on my mother's side passed away due to liver cancer. For the family of cancer patients, every day is treasured and hard to let goI tried to capture the feeling – the whole simultaneous struggle with grief, fear, helplessness, frustration, and desperation".

The shortlist for the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine, included other finalists from Scotland and the USA.

Now in its ninth year, having been established by the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine in 2013; the prize has been recognised with a Times Education Award for innovation and excellence in the arts, due to its unique support of the synergy between medicine, the arts and health. 

With an awards fund of £500, it is one of the highest value young poet awards in the world for a single unpublished poem and is open to young poets aged 14 to 18 years from anywhere in the world.

With entrants from 18 countries this year, Judge, Anna Jackson, a poet and academic from New Zealand was tasked with shortlisting entries; “Every entry for this award had something to commend it for – these were poems that took important matters into consideration with interesting approaches to form, lyrical beauty, original imagery, startling perspectives or beautiful design, and some of the best poems combined more than one of these elements.”

Also shortlisted for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize 2021 were:

·       Yvanna Vien Tica from Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines for Euphemisms for Cancer

·       Rachel Brooks from Trumbull, Connecticut, USA for November Is When I Become

·       Elane Kim from Walnut Creek, California, USA for Origami

·       Rhys Pearce from Hawick, Roxburghshire in Scotland for Mai ho'oka'awale (separating sickness)

·       Olivia Yang from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA for still life: quarantine.

Above: Rachel Brooks (L) and Elane Kim; below: Rhys Pearce (L) and Yvanna Vien Tica: learn more about the winning and shortlisted Young Poets here.

Winners were announced during a live webcast event on Wednesday 19th May.

John Jackson, Trustee of healthy heart charity, the Cardiovascular Research Trust which is in its 5th year of supporting the prize commented: “We are delighted to support the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize, and to have received such a strong range of international entries during this ninth year.”

Prize organiser, Donald Singer added: “We look forward to the announcement of winners during the free online event in May, when we will also hear the winning entries. 

“This year, some of our entries have taken inspiration from the challenges of Covid-19, which have been felt so strongly across the world. The recording of the webcast event on 19th May is an opportunity to join us in enjoying readings of the winning shortlisted poems from wherever you are.”

You can also view details of all shortlisted and commended poets on the Hippocrates Prize website hippocrates-poetry.org.

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

£500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

£1,000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further 20 commendations in the Open category.

£1,000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff.  

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Notes to editors:
For further information on the Hippocrates Prize, including details of the winners and the winning poems, please contact Donald Singer on  hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

The 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are also supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

2021 Hippocrates Judges

Judge of the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize was Anna Jackson from Wellington, New Zealand – a poet, writer and Associate Professor in English Literature. 

Veteran New York Times reporter Anne Barnard from New York City, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla from Delhi, India and Neena Modi, paediatrician, Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College, London and President-Elect of the British Medical Association, were the judges the 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional awards.

Further information on the 2021 judges is available here.


 

Fragments of mortal life: the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

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20 May 2021: Winners in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine were announced by live webcast  on Wednesday 19th May to an international audience from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

First Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards went to Fran Castan, former magazine editor, freelance writer and teacher of writing and literature from New York City, USA for Voice Mail. About her poem she said: "When my friend, the poet Siv Cedering, was suffering from pancreatic cancer, I would visit frequently. I wrote Voice Mail as witness to our experiences during her heroic struggle."

First Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards went to Sophia Wilson from Dunedin in New Zealand for The Body Library. Sophia has a background in arts, medicine and psychiatry. 

She said: "The Body Library is a mélange of memories of the anatomy and pathology museums at Sydney University. I recall in particular the enormous sense of privilege, the bizarreness of human body parts being presented and objectified in this way, and the relief of exiting the hallowed rooms into daylight."

Judge Anna Jackson, poet, writer and academic from New Zealand, awarded the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine to Yvanna Vien Tica from Metro Manila in the Philippines for Euphemisms for Cancer. 

About her poem Yvanna said: "My grandmother on my mother's side passed away due to liver cancer. I started to realize that for the family of cancer patients, every day is treasured and hard to let go. I tried to capture the feeling – the whole simultaneous struggle with grief, fear, helplessness, frustration, and desperation".

Poets from 37 countries had entered for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. With an awards fund of £5500, this is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.

The judges for the FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional Awards were veteran New York Times reporter Anne Barnard from New York City, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla from Delhi in India and Associate Professor in English Literature Anna Jackson from Wellington in New Zealand, and Neena Modi, paediatrician and Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College, London and President-Elect of the British Medical Association.  

The judges had agreed shortlists of 4 poets for the top places in the 2021 FPM-Hippocrates international Open Awards, 6 poets for the top places in the 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards and 5 poets for the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize.

The 2021 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

Click here for details of all the winning and commended poets and the inspiration for their poems.

The Second Prize in the Open Awards was shared by writer, editor, and anthropologist Bryan Monte from Utrecht in The Netherlands for A lApollinaire and to bioscience PhD researcher Jack Cooper from Coventry for Measured Once, Cut Twice.

The Third Prize in the Open Awards went to Lesley Saunders from Slough in England for Fever, Winter, Particulars. Lesley works on collaborative projects with other poets as well as artists, sculptors, musicians, photographers and dancers.

Open winners: above - Fran Castan and Jack Cooper; 
below Bryan Monte and Lesley Saunders

The Second Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards was shared by retired psychiatrist Roger Bloor from Newcastle in Staffordshire for Commedia dell'Arte and to Consultant Clinical Psychologist Khadija Rouf from Witney in Oxfordshire, England for Tacet.

Joint Third Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards went to physician and Doctors Without Borders volunteer Andrew Rafik Azmy Dimitri from Marrickville, New South Wales in Australia, Consultant Neonatologist Elizabeth Osmond from Bower Ashton near Bristol in England, and former lab technician Joyce Turner from Rock Hill, South Carolina in the USA. 

Health Professional winners: above - Roger Bloor, Andrew Rafik Azmy Dimitri and Elizabeth Osmond; below - Khadija Rouf, Joyce Turner and Sophia Wilson.

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and the USA - 21 in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category and 22 in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Category.

Judge and New York Times senior reporter Anne Barnard said: “The outpouring of work was a joyous and painful reminder of how people around the world sought to create even during this difficult year. The poems reflected how life - and death - appeared to us with new vividness during the pandemic, and also how life and death literally went on alongside it: the more familiar ways of being sick, healing and dying of course did not stop for the global plague.”

She added: “I spend a lot of my time writing news stories, but there is always poetry somewhere in each one. It is inspiring to read the work of hands-on caregivers finding the poetry in their work, be it terrible, beautiful or both.”

Judge Neena Modi, Neonatal Professor at Imperial College, London and President-Elect of the British Medical Association, said: “The 2021 Hippocrates Poetry Prize shortlist reflects and arouses powerful emotions with sometimes lyrical, sometimes stark, reflections on loss, age, illness, and the cruelties of the human condition, underlined in the time of COVID”.

Judge Keki Daruwalla, one of India’s foremost poets and writers, said: “I am just proud to be passing on two tranches of poems, one by Health workers and another from Open sources. These are poems written during a pandemic raging across the globe and stem from differing moods, traversing a wide emotional landscape. What is essential for us who judged the poems, was whether poetry has been distilled from this bedlam of sickness, death, fear and despair. Most poems here pass this test with aplomb.”

The 4 other shortlisted Young Poets were Rhys Pearce from Hawick, Roxburghshire in Scotland for Mai ho'oka'awale (separating sickness), Rachel Brooks from Trumbull, Connecticut, USA for November Is When I Become, Elane Kim from Walnut Creek, California, USA for Origami and Olivia Yang from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA for still life: quarantine.

Judge Anna Jackson said: “Every entry for this award had something to commend it for – these were poems that took important matters into consideration with interesting approaches to form, lyrical beauty, original imagery, startling perspectives or beautiful design, and some of the best poems combined more than one of these elements.”

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Young Poets winner and shortlist: above - Rachel Brooks (L), Elane Kim and Rhys Pearce; below - Yvanna Vien Tica (L) and Olivia Yang

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have had such a strong international field of entries in the 12th year of the Hippocrates Prize. We congratulate all the winning and commended poets and thank all poets who entered. You can see details about all winning and commended poets and see a recording of the Awards readings and presentations on the Hippocrates Prize website: hippocrates-poetry.org

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

- a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize, including details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize

The 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

2021 Hippocrates Prize Judges

Judges for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine are veteran New York Times reporter Anne Barnard from New York City, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla from Delhi in India and Associate Professor in English Literature Anna Jackson from Wellington in New Zealand, and Neena Modi, paediatrician and Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College, London and President-Elect of the British Medical Association. Anne Barnard, Keki Daruwalla and Professor Neena Modi were judges for the FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional awards and Anna Jackson judged the Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Click here for more on the 2021 judges.

Lyrical beauty: international shortlist announced for Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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22 April 2021: The shortlist for the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine, includes finalists from Scotland, the Philippines and USA.

Now in its ninth year, having been established by the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine in 2013; the prize has been recognised with a Times Education Award for innovation and excellence in the arts, due to its unique support of the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

With an awards fund of £500, it is one of the highest value young poet awards in the world for a single unpublished poem and is open to young poets aged 14 to 18 years from anywhere in the world.

With entrants from 18 countries this year, Judge, Anna Jackson, a poet and academic from New Zealand was tasked with shortlisting entries; “Every entry for this award had something to commend it for – these were poems that took important matters into consideration with interesting approaches to form, lyrical beauty, original imagery, startling perspectives or beautiful design, and some of the best poems combined more than one of these elements.”

Competing for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize 2021 are:

·       Yvanna Vien Tica from Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines for Euphemisms for Cancer

·       Rhys Pearce from Hawick, Roxburghshire in Scotland for Mai ho'oka'awale (separating sickness)

·       Rachel Brooks from Trumbull, Connecticut, USA for November Is When I Become

·       Elane Kim from Walnut Creek, California, USA for Origami

·       Olivia Yang from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA for still life: quarantine.

2021 Hippo pics - Young poets

Above: Rachel Brooks (L) and Elane Kim; below: Rhys Pearce (L) and Yvanna Vien Tica: learn more about the shortlisted Young Poets here.

Winners will be announced during a live webcast event from 20.30 GMT on Wednesday 19th May; register free for the awards session here.

John Jackson, Trustee of healthy heart charity, the Cardiovascular Research Trust which is supporting the prize commented: “We are delighted to support the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize, and to have received such a strong range of international entries during this ninth year.”

Prize organiser, Donald Singer added: “We look forward to the announcement of winners during the free online event in May, when we will also hear the winning entries.

“This year, some of our entries have taken inspiration from the challenges of Covid-19, which have been felt so strongly across the world. Our webcast event on 19th May is an opportunity to join us and to enjoy the winning poems from wherever you are.”

You can also view details of all shortlisted and commended poets on the Hippocrates Prize website hippocrates-poetry.org.

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

£500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

£1,000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further 20 commendations in the Open category.

£1,000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff.  

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Notes to editors:
For further information on the Hippocrates Prize, including embargoed details of the winners and the winning poems, please contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805 or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

The 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are also supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

2021 Hippocrates Judges

Judge of the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is Anna Jackson from Wellington, New Zealand – a poet, writer and Associate Professor in English Literature. 

Senior New York Times reporter Anne Barnard from New York City, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla from Delhi, India and Neena Modi, paediatrician, Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College, London and President-Elect of the British Medical Association, were the judges the 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional awards.

Further information on the 2021 judges is available here.


 

Poems that arouse powerful emotions: the short-list for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Poets from 37 countries have entered for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. With an awards fund of £5500, this is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.

The judges – from New York, London and Delhi – have agreed a shortlist of 4 poets for the top places in the 2021 FPM-Hippocrates international Open Awards and a shortlist of 6 poets for the top places in the 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards.

The 2021 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

Winners will be announced by live webcast from 8.30pm UK time on Wednesday 19th May.

Click here to register free for the awards session.

Click here for details of all the shortlisted and commended poets.

Competing for the FPM-Hippocrates Open Prize are former magazine editor, freelance writer and teacher of writing and literature Fran Castan from New York City, USA, writer, editor, and anthropologist Bryan Monte from Utrecht in The Netherlands and two poets from England: bioscience PhD researcher Jack Cooper from Coventry, and from Slough poet Lesley Saunders, who works on collaborative projects with other poets as well as artists, sculptors, musicians, photographers and dancers.

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Open Shortlist: above - Fran Castan and Jack Cooper;
below Bryan Monte and Lesley Saunders

In the running for the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize are retired psychiatrist Roger Bloor from Newcastle in Staffordshire, England, physician and Doctors Without Borders volunteer Andrew Rafik Azmy Dimitri from Marrickville, New South Wales in Australia, Consultant Neonatologist Elizabeth Osmond from Bower Ashton near Bristol in England, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Khadija Rouf from Witney in Oxfordshire, former lab technician Joyce Turner from Rock Hill, South Carolina in the USA and Sophia Wilson, who has a background in arts, medicine and psychiatry and is from Dunedin in New Zealand. 

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Health Professional Shortlist: above - Roger Bloor, Andrew Rafik Azmy Dimitri and Elizabeth Osmond; below - Khadija Rouf, Joyce Turner and Sophia Wilson.

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and the USA - 21 in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category and 22 in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Category.

Judge and New York Times senior reporter Anne Barnard said: “The outpouring of work was a joyous and painful reminder of how people around the world sought to create even during this difficult year. The poems reflected how life - and death - appeared to us with new vividness during the pandemic, and also how life and death literally went on alongside it: the more familiar ways of being sick, healing and dying of course did not stop for the global plague.”

She added: “I spend a lot of my time writing news stories, but there is always poetry somewhere in each one. It is inspiring to read the work of hands-on caregivers finding the poetry in their work, be it terrible, beautiful or both.”

Judge Neena Modi, Neonatal Professor at Imperial College, London and President-Elect of the British Medical Association, said: “The 2021 Hippocrates Poetry Prize shortlist reflects and arouses powerful emotions with sometimes lyrical, sometimes stark, reflections on loss, age, illness, and the cruelties of the human condition, underlined in the time of COVID”.

Judge Keki Daruwalla, one of India’s foremost poets and writers, said: “I am just proud to be passing on two tranches of poems, one by Health workers and another from Open sources. These are poems written during a pandemic raging across the globe and stem from differing moods, traversing a wide emotional landscape. What is essential for us who judged the poems, was whether poetry has been distilled from this bedlam of sickness, death, fear and despair. Most poems here pass this test with aplomb.”

Judge Anna Jackson has also agreed a shortlist of 5 poets from Scotland, the Philippines and the USA for the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

She said: “Every entry for this award had something to commend it for – these were poems that took important matters into consideration with interesting approaches to form, lyrical beauty, original imagery, startling perspectives or beautiful design, and some of the best poems combined more than one of these elements.”

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a strong international field of entries in the 12th year of the Hippocrates Prize. We look forward to the announcement of the winners and to hearing their winning poems during the free online session on Zoom on Wednesday 19th May. You can see details about all shortlisted and commended poets on the Hippocrates Prize website: hippocrates-poetry.org

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

- a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize, including embargoed details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805
or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize

The 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

2021 Hippocrates Judges

Judges for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine are Senior New York Times reporter Anne Barnard from New York City, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla from Delhi in India and Associate Professor in English Literature Anna Jackson from Wellington in New Zealand, and Neena Modi, paediatrician and Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College, London and President-Elect of the British Medical Association. Anne Barnard, Keki Daruwalla and Professor Neena Modi were judges for the FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional awards and Anna Jackson judged the Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Click here for more on the 2021 judges.

1st March deadline for Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Entries are open for the £500 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine. 

Entries for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize are free. The Young Poets’ Prize is for poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world.  The Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize is £500. Entries were received from 19 countries for these 2020 Hippocrates Prize awards.The Hippocrates Young Poets Award is supported by healthy heart charity The Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The deadline for the Young Poets Prize is 1st March at 11.59pm in the country of the poet or UK time - whichever is later.

Enter online for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize

New Zealand poet Anna Jackson is the judge for the Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Anna Jackson Photo in yellow dress

Read more about Anne Jackson and the other judges ... 

Awards in the Hippocrates Prize are for an unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme by entrants from anywhere in the world. Previous Young Poet winners have come from the USA, the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize email hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com 

Support for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by healthy heart charity The Cardiovascular Research Trust founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

The 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

Valentine’s Day deadline for 2021 Hippocrates Open and Health Professional Prize for Poetry and Medicine

hippocrates prize logo med

Entries are now closed for the Open and Health Professional awards in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Poems have been submitted from 34 countries from Australia to the USA and from Iceland to India. 

Entries remain open for the £500 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The deadline for the Young Poets Prize is 11.59pm on 1st March.

Enter online for the Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The Open and Health Professional awards in the Hippocrates Prize are supported by medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The Young Poets Award for poets aged 14-18 years is supported by healthy heart charity The Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.

There is a prize fund of £500 for winning poems in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category and the FPM-Hippocrates health professional category.

Entries remain open for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The deadline for the Young Poets Prize is 11.59pm on 1st March.

Enter online for the Hippocrates awards

Senior New York Times correspondent Anne Barnard, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla and Anna Jackson and paediatrician Professor Neena Modi, President-Elect of the British Medical Association, are the judges for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Ann Barnard, Keki Daruwalla and Professor Neena Modi will judge the Open and Health Professional awards and Anna Jackson judge the Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such strong international interest already and such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize.

Read more about the judges ... 

2021 International FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional categories
In each category: 1st Prize £1000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250 and up to 20 commendations. Entries were received from 28 countries for these awards in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize.

There are a limited number of free entries for low-income writers for these awards.
Click here for how to apply for a free entry.

2021 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Entries for this prize are free. Entries for this prize are now open. The Young Poets’ Prize is for poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world.  The Young Poets’ Prize is £500. Entries were received from 19 countries for these 2020 Hippocrates Prize awards.

Awards in the Hippocrates Prize are for an unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme by entrants from anywhere in the world. Previous winners have come from Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

- closing date 1st March for the £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize email hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com 

Support for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize

The 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by healthy heart charity The Cardiovascular Research Trust founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

The immediacy of illness: the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Judge Lawrence Sail announced the £500 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine for 2020 as Cynthia Lu from Belmont, Massachusetts, USA for her poem Bright-body during a live webinar on 15th May, with participants from Sydney to California and throughout the UK. 

Other poets shortlisted for the Young Poets Prize were Rachel Brooks, Trumbull, Connecticut, USA for Endoscopy results in room #1, Sabrina Guo, Oyster Bay, New York, USA for Pink Milk, Sarah Eliana Nachimson, Los Angeles, California, USA for Obituary of a Lost Girl and Katherine Vandermel from Bergen County, New Jersey USA for All the Places We've Been and Blur. There were also honourable mentions for Nathalie Shah from Birmingham, England for Edge of the Abyss and for Rachel Sharp, from Morpeth, England for A Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Dad. 

Poems by the winning and all the shortlisted poets are published in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize Anthology of 48 winning and commended poems in all three categories of the Hippocrates Prize. 

Click here for biographies of the shortlisted poets and what inspired their writing.

There were entries for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize from 17 countries and territories:  Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kosovo, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, USA, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.    

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

2020 Hippocrates Prize Young Poet winner Cynthia Lu 

Lawrence Sail said: “The young poets remind me in one way or another of the assertion that 'poetry is not what you read, but what you re-read’. In these poems, the vivid and often raw world of medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning.”  

Lawrence Sail is a freelance writer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  In addition to thirteen books of poems, he has published two books of essays and a memoir of childhood, Sift (Impress Books 2010).  He has also edited a number of anthologies, including First and Always (Faber 1988), which raised more than £65,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.  He has been chairman of the Arvon Foundation and director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.  

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Poets shortlisted for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize
Top (from left): Sabrina Guo, Cynthia Lu, Rachel Brooks
Bottom: Sarah Nachimson (left), Katherine Vandermel

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize, including details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805 or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize
The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

The 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 


Oviedo Conference Postponed

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17th March 2020: Hippocrates Conference in Oviedo postponed

Further to our notice below about postponement of the 15th May Conference in Oviedo on Poetry and Medicine, in addition, from Tuesday 17 March until the end of the State of Emergency, measures by the Spanish Government now include the closure of land borders for those entering  Spain, with the following exceptions: Spanish nationals, Spain residents, frontier workers and those able to prove that they need to enter for essential reasons.

We aim to defer our annual one day conference on poetry and medicine to mid-May 2021, to be combined with awards of the 2021 Hippocrates Prize. 

13th March 2020: Hippocrates Conference in Oviedo postponed

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has now advised against travel to Spain.
The Rector of the University of Oviedo has formally closed every campus at the University of Oviedo. The Hippocrates awards conference planned for 15th May 2020 has therefore been cancelled. 

Please save the date for a possible 2020 Hippocrates awards related event to be held in London on the evening of 4th November 2020, subject to evolution of the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

12th March 2020: Urgent notice re Oviedo Conference

We have now heard from our Oviedo, Spain partner in this year's Hippocrates Awards Conference – due to be held on 15th May 2020 –  that the Oviedo University's Humanities Department will be closed from this weekend. An announcement is expected to be made soon that Oviedo University will be closed entirely, as other universities in Spain have already been.

In view of these developments, it now seems certain that we shall have to announce the postponement of the Oviedo conference. We shall confirm this formally when we have more details from Oviedo.

This does not affect the Hippocrates awards themselves or timing of their announcement. 

Medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning - winners announced for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Judges Roland Jackson and Lawrence Sail announced the top places in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine during a live webinar on 15th May, with participants from Sydney to California and throughout the UK. 

With an awards fund of £5500, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. The 2020 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The £1000 First Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards went to poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer Sarah James from Droitwich in Worcestershire for People Scare Me Because.

The £500 Second Prize in the Open Awards was shared by poet Clare Best  from Woodbridge, Suffolk for After your procedure and former instructor Ian Colin from London for Fighting the Minotaur. The £250 Open Third Prize was shared by poet and creative writing tutor Rosie Jackson from Trudoxhill in Somerset for It's Time We Found A Different Metaphor and poet and retired English teacher John Mills from Stone in Staffordshire for A letter from Dr Parkinson’s discovery. 

The FPM Hippocrates Prize Open winners: above - Clare Best (L) and Rosie Jackson; below - Sarah James and John Mills

The £1000 First Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards went to retired General Practitioner Judith Wozniak from Fareham in Hampshire for First Do No Harm. 

The £500 Second Prize in the Health Professional Awards Awards was shared by Oona Chantrell from London for The Untouchable and medical student Lauren Fields from New York for A Laying On Of Hands In the OR. The £250 Health Professional Third Prize was shared by Northern Ireland’s  Programme Director for the Human Health Project Patrick Toland from Belfast for By Virtue of the Merits of her Son and a further award to Judith Wozniak for Second Opinion.


The FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize winners: above - Oona Chantrell (L) and Lauren Fields; below - Patrick Toland and Judith Wozniak

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and the USA - 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category and 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Category.

Geoffrey Lehmann, poet judge from Sydney, Australia said: " Poems about illness and death, and medical procedures, have a reality and urgency that seem to fully engage the poet and reader. The "commended poems" as well as the "winning poems" were all at a high level, and choosing from such a rich harvest was not easy.

Historian and scientist Sir Roland Jackson, formerly head of London’s Science Museum, summed up his experience of the judging process in these words: “It was a pleasure to judge such a rich collection of entries. From reflective to fiery pieces, what struck me most were the vivid images of people accepting, resolute, or raging in life-altering circumstances.”

Physician and physiologist Professor John Stein from Oxford said: “I found the whole exercise very rewarding, instructive, evocative and moving.  From a medical perspective, they took me back to my feelings of inadequacy as a medical student, being an imposter when I first qualified, fears of not being able to cope, the loneliness of some people’s deaths (at the moment sadly all too relevant), the rituals of surgery, the implacable and bleak course of Parkinson’s disease, the terrors of Asperger’s, but also how the mind fixes on irrelevant but beautiful details in moments of high anxiety, cottage gardens as an antidote to pain.”

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2020 Hippocrates Prize Young Poet winner Cynthia Lu

Judge Lawrence Sail announced the £500 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine for 2020 as Cynthia Lu from Belmont, Massachusetts, USA for Bright-body.  

He said: “The young poets remind me in one way or another of the assertion that 'poetry is not what you read, but what you re-read’. In these poems, the vivid and often raw world of medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning.”    

You can see details of shortlisted and commended poems in the 2020 Hippocrates awards on the prize website: Hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize. We look forward to the announcement of the winners and to hearing their winning poems during the free online session on Zoom at 8pm UK time on Friday 15th May.”

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

- a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize, including embargoed details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805
or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize

The 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

2020 Hippocrates Judges

Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Awards are Sir Roland Jackson, Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution and former Director at the Science Museum, Geoffrey Lehmann, the first Australian poet to be published by Faber and Faber, poet Lawrence Sail, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former Director of the Arvon Foundation and the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and John Stein, Oxford Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust. Sir Roland Jackson, Geoffrey Lehmann and Professor John Stein will judge the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional Awards. Lawrence Sail will judge the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

 

From reflective to fiery pieces: short-listed poems in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The judges have agreed a shortlist of 5 poets for the top places in the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates international Open Prize and a shortlist of 5 poets for the top places in the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize.

With an awards fund of £5500, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. The 2020 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

Winners will be announced by live webcast from 8pm UK time on Friday 15th May.

Click here for how to register free to join the awards session.

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Open short list: above - Clare Best (L) and Rosie Jackson; below - Sarah James and John Mills

Competing for the FPM-Hippocrates Open Prize are Clare Best  from Woodbridge, Suffolk for After your procedure, Ian Colin  from London for Fighting the Minotaur, Rosie Jackson from Trudoxhill in Somerset for It's Time We Found A Different Metaphor, Sarah James from Droitwich in Worcestershire for People Scare Me Because and John Mills from Stone in Staffordshire for A letter from Dr Parkinson’s discovery. 

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Health Professional short list: above - Oona Chantrell (L) and Lauren Fields; below - Patrick Toland and Judith Wozniak

In the running for the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize are Oona Chantrell from London for The Untouchable, Lauren Fields from New York for A Laying On Of Hands In the OR , Patrick Toland from Belfast for By Virtue of the Merits of her Son and Judith Wozniak from Fareham in Hampshire for two poems: First Do No Harm and Second Opinion.

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and the USA - 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category and 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Category.

Geoffrey Lehmann, poet judge from Sydney, Australia said: " Poems about illness and death, and medical procedures, have a reality and urgency that seem to fully engage the poet and reader. The "commended poems" as well as the "winning poems" were all at a high level, and choosing from such a rich harvest was not easy.

Historian and scientist Sir Roland Jackson, formerly head of London’s Science Museum, summed up his experience of the judging process in these words: “It was a pleasure to judge such a rich collection of entries. From reflective to fiery pieces, what struck me most were the vivid images of people accepting, resolute, or raging in life-altering circumstances.”

Physician and physiologist Professor John Stein from Oxford said: “I found the whole exercise very rewarding, instructive, evocative and moving.  From a medical perspective, they took me back to my feelings of inadequacy as a medical student, being an imposter when I first qualified, fears of not being able to cope, the loneliness of some people’s deaths (at the moment sadly all too relevant), the rituals of surgery, the implacable and bleak course of Parkinson’s disease, the terrors of Asperger’s, but also how the mind fixes on irrelevant but beautiful details in moments of high anxiety, cottage gardens as an antidote to pain.”

Judge Lawrence Sail has also agreed a shortlist of 6 poets – all from the USA – for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

He said: “The young poets remind me in one way or another of the assertion that 'poetry is not what you read, but what you re-read’. In these poems, the vivid and often raw world of medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning.”    

You can see details of shortlisted and commended poems in the 2020 Hippocrates awards on the prize website: Hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize. We look forward to the announcement of the winners and to hearing their winning poems during the free online session on Zoom at 8pm UK time on Friday 15th May.”

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

- a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize, including embargoed details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805
or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize

The 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

2020 Hippocrates Judges

Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Awards are Sir Roland Jackson, Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution and former Director at the Science Museum, Geoffrey Lehmann, the first Australian poet to be published by Faber and Faber, poet Lawrence Sail, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former Director of the Arvon Foundation and the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and John Stein, Oxford Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust. Sir Roland Jackson, Geoffrey Lehmann and Professor John Stein will judge the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional Awards. Lawrence Sail will judge the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

 

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