5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine and Hippocrates Awards

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE 

Date: Saturday 10th May, 2014


The 2014 Hippocrates Awards were presented at the close of the 5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine on Saturday 10th May. Both the Symposium and the Hippocrates Ceremony took place at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE (Tel:  020 7290 2900).

The symposium included poster sessions, lectures, round table discussions and poetry readings by Clare Best, Rebecca Goss, and Lesley Saunders, and by Hippocrates Awards judges - Philip Gross and Kit Wright

There were sessions on historical and contemporary themes, illness and poetry, poetry as therapy, poetry in the education of medical students, nurses and doctors, and poetry as an aid to health professionals. The programme of lectures, round table discussions, poetry readings and the Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be published on the Symposium website

The winners and commended entrants were announced by the judges at the end of the 5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine.

2014 Symposium Faculty

Alan Beattie (Emeritus Professor, Lancaster, UK); Clare Best (Poetry reading); David Francis (Melbourne, Australia); Robert Francis QC (2014 Awards Judge, London); Dean Gianakos (Lynchburg, Virginia, USA); Rebecca Goss (poetry reading); Philip Gross (2014 Awards Judge: Professor of Creative Writing, Glamorgan University, UK); Ahmed Hankir (Clinical Fellow, University of Manchester, UK); Michael Hulse (Speaker and Chair; Writing Programme, University of Warwick); Jens Lohfert Jørgensen (Speaker; Aalborg University, Denmark);  Luz Mar González-Arias (Speaker: University of Oviedo, Spain); Lesley Saunders (poetry reading); Donald Singer (Speaker and Chair;  Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London); Kit Wright (Poet, 2014 Young Poets Award).

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Philip Gross [photo by Stephen Morris]

Poetry Reading: Philip Gross's The Water Table won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009, I Spy Pinhole Eye Wales Book of The Year 2010, and Off Road To Everywhere the CLPE Award for Children’s Poetry 2011. Deep Field (2011) and Later (2013) deal sensitively with his father’s aphasia and dying, raising questions of voice and language and identity. He has published ten novels for young people, including The Lastling, has collaborated with artists, musicians and dancers, and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales, where he leads the MPhil/PhD in Writing programme.

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