Programme for Venice Workshop


Saturday 21st September 2013

To express interest in attending email the organisers

Registration includes:

-  morning and afternoon refreshments during the workshop

-  Saturday evening workshop dinner. 

Excludes travel, accommodation and lunch. Lunch will be at a restaurant near the Palazzo.

Standard rate: £120 
Hippocrates Society member: £96 
Dinner only: £40

Delegate rate


Saturday morning, 21 September

Session I

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.10 - 1.  Poetry and medicine – a special relationship?

Presentation by Wendy French and Jane Kirwan

Chairs: Donald Singer and Michael Hulse

Panel: Damiano Abeni, Wendy French, Jane Kirwan

10.20 - Coffee

10.30  -  2.  Finding a voice for medical conditions        

Presentations by Joanna Sedgwick (signing and deaf poetry) and Laura Salisbury (aphasia)

Chair: Laura Salisbury

Panel:Femi Oyebode, Joanna Sedgwick, C. K. Stead

11.40 - Coffee

11.50 - 3  Poetry in health education

Chair:  Wendy French

Presentations by Kelley Swain and Bella Madden

Panel:  Dennis Linder, Bella Madden, Femi Oyebode, Kelley Swain

13.00 - Lunch

Session II

Saturday afternoon, 21 September

14.40 - 4  Medicine as a theme in poetry

Chair: Michael Hulse

Presentations by Tatiana Svetlana (Pushkin and the health of the aristocracy) and Michael Hulse/ Damiano Abeni (how poetry handles medical subjects), followed by practical criticism, led by Mora Egan

15.50 - Coffee

16.00  5.  Poetry arising from life under threat

Reading by C. K. Stead 

Introduction by Michael Hulse

17.10 - Close

19.30 - Dinner

Session III

Sunday morning, 22 September

9.00 - Coffee

9.10 - 6.  Managing life through poetry

Readings/presentations by Moira Egan (menopause) and Femi Oyebode (psychiatry)

Chairs:  Donald Singer and Kelley Swain

Panel: Moira Egan, Clare Wilmot

10.20 - Coffee

10.30 - 7. The language of poetry

Chair: C. K. Stead

Presentation by Wendy French and Alex Josephy (the language of hospital and the profession) followed by practical criticism, led by C. K. Stead

11.40 - Coffee

11.50 - 8.  Challenges and priorities

Chairs:  Donald Singer and Michael Hulse

a)    Challenges in assessing impact of poetry on medicine

b)   Priorities and next steps

13.00 - Close of workshop

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