The Royal Society of Medicine holds an annual ceremony in London to honour those who work or have worked in medicine and healthcare. The names of those honoured are inscribed on a Wall of Honour at the Royal Society of Medicine building in central London. At the 2013 RSM ceremony on Sunday 13th October, family members and other representatives of those being recognized at the RSM read poems by winning poets from the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
RSM CEO reading Sara Nesbitt's poem 'Afterlife'
The poems featured were ‘These are the Stories Doctors Tell’ by Jonathan Knight and ‘Afterlife’ by Sara Nesbitt.
Dr Jonathan Knight (MM,BS; MRCGP) has worked as a General Practitioner in Ipswich after graduating from UCH, completing GP Vocational Training in Watford and worked for a time in Africa. He co-organises an annual Reflective Writing Workshop for GPs and has had three poems commended in the Hippocrates Prize anthologies including “These are the stories doctors tell” in 2012.
Sara Nesbitt Gibbons (Sara Nesbitt) has recently completed the MA Creative Writing in Poetry at Royal Holloway. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, and performed as theatre in various venues including the Old Operating Theatre Museum. Her blog on Clothes, Body and Identity can be found at www.saranesbitt.co.uk. She lives in Greater London and West Cork and has a baby daughter. 'Afterlife' was commended by the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine in 2011.
Hippocrates Awards co-founder Donald Singer with first Hippocrates NHS Award winnner Wendy French at the RSM event
In 2009, poet and translator Michael Hulse and physician and researcher Donald Singer co-founded the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject.
The annual Prize attracts huge international interest, with entries to date from 55 countries around the world. There is an Open category for entries from anywhere in the world, a Young Poets category for entries from 14-18 year olds from anywhere in the world, and a category for NHS-related entries.
The Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine was recently launched to mark the 5th year of the Hippocrates Initiative.
Entries for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize and applications to join the Society are welcome from anywhere in the world, from health professionals and patients, to poets and academics.
Judges for the 2014 Prize - closing date 31 Jan 2014 - include poet Philip Gross and barrister Robert Francis QC.
The Initiative now includes The Hippocrates Press, annual international symposia at which the Hippocrates awards are also presented, an international research forum for poetry and medicine, and workshops, the first of which was held in Venice in September 2013.
Editors: for further information, email The Hippocrates Initiative.