Programme - 2020 Hippocrates Prize online ceremony

The winners in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine will be announced online by a broadcast on Zoom at 8 pm UK time on Friday 15th May 2020.

It is free for you to join the 2020 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony by computer/laptop/smartphone or by dialling in from a phone. Click here to register for free on our EventBrite link

We have decided to designate Save the Children as our charity for 2020 if you wish to make a donation, which you can also do on our EventBrite link.


8 pm - Start of online session on Zoom
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1. Introduction to the 2020 Hippocrates Prize Awards
Michael Hulse and Donald Singer

2. The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Judge Lawrence Sail

a. Short-list for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize (alphabetical order by surname)

All the Places We've Been  Katherine Vandermel   Closter, New Jersey USA

Blur  Katherine Vandermel   Closter, New Jersey USA

Bright-body  Cynthia Lu    Belmont, Massachusetts USA

Endoscopy results in room #1  Rachel Brooks  Trumbull, Connecticut, USA

Obituary of a Lost Girl     Sarah Eliana   Nachimson, Los Angeles, California, USA

Pink Milk  Sabrina Guo  Oyster Bay, New York, USA

b. Remarks on the Young Poet entries

c. Reading of short-listed poem

d. The Hippocrates Young Poet winner: announced by judge Lawrence Sail

d. Reading of the winning poem and a selected other short-listed poem

3. The FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional and the FPM-Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine

a. Remarks on behalf of the judges: Sir Roland Jackson Bt

b. Readings of selected Commended poems in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards

c. Short-list for the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize (alphabetical order by surname)

The Untouchable  Oona Chantrell    London England

A Laying On Of Hands In the OR   Lauren Fields    New York City, United States

By Virtue of the Merits of her Son  Patrick Toland    Belfast, Co. Down, N Ireland

First Do No Harm  Judith Wozniak   Fareham, Hampshire, England

Second Opinion  Judith Wozniak   Fareham, Hampshire, England

d. Announcement by Roland Jackson of the 3rd, 2nd and 1st Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards and readings of the winning poems

e.  Readings of selected Commended poems in the FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards

e. Short-list for 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Prize Open Awards (alphabetical order by surname)

After your procedure Clare Best    Woodbridge, Suffolk, England

Fighting the Minotaur Ian Colin  London, England

It's Time We Found A Different Metaphor  Rosie Jackson, Trudoxhill, Frome, Somerset, England 

People Scare Me Because  Sarah James  Droitwich, Worcestershire, England

A letter from Dr Parkinson’s discovery   John Mills  Stone, Staffordshire, England

g. Announcement by Sir Roland Jackson of the 3rd, 2nd and 1st Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and readings of the winning poems

4. The 2020 Hippocrates Prize Anthology. Weblink to order a copy.

5. The 10 Year Hippocrates Prize Anthology.  
Launch date 4th November 2020 - either as a meeting in London or a live webcast depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

6.  Once Upon a Time in Aleppo by Fouad M. Fouad. Tr. by Norbert Hirschhorn 

7.  Future monthly “Poems to Live for” live webcasts 
a. 3rd session: 9pm UK time on Wednesday 10th June

- Readings by judges Lawrence Sail and Geoffrey Lehmann. 
- We also welcome suggestions for poems (out of copyright) you would like read. You may also email us with a reading of a favourite poem (must not your own AND must be out of copyright). We can’t  promise to use all readings or suggestions but we shall use as many as possible.

b. 4th session: 9pm UK time on Wednesday 8th July 
Further readings of commended poems in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize. 

8. Close


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