Programme for 2014 Poetry and Medicine Symposium and Hippocrates Awards Ceremony

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

Date: Saturday 10th May, 2014

Contact the organisers 

Programme

08.30    
Registration and coffee

09.00   
Introduction
Donald Singer and Michael Hulse
co-founders of the Hippocrates Prize

Medical themes in poetry - 1

09.10  
The Romantic ego in medical poetry
Michael Hulse, University of Warwick

09.30   

Show and tell - poetry and illness as “narratives of last resort”
Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, University of East Anglia, Tromsø, Norway

09.50   
Surgical metaphor in the poetry of Sylvia Plath 
David Francis, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

10.10   
Dissident forms: anorexia nervosa as a site of resistance in recent poetry from Ireland
Luz Mar González-Arias, University of Oviedo, Spain 

10.30   
Coffee and posters

Medical themes in poetry - 2

10.50   
“The soft cough of death”: traces of TB in the poetry of Norman Nicholson
Alan Beattie, University of Lancaster

11.10   
Acts of naming disabilities in contemporary poetry
Eleanor Ward, University of Manchester

11.30   
Question and answer session 
Chairs: Philip Gross and Giskin Day

11.50  
Poetry readings
Clare Best, Rebecca Goss, Lesley Saunders

12.40  
Lunch

Health and poetry - 1

13.40  
Panel discussion
Clare Best, Rebecca Goss, Lesley Saunders
Chair: Michael Hulse

Health and poetry - 2

14.10  
The wounded healer: mental health challenges in the medical profession
Ahmed Hankir, University of Manchester 

14.30  
Forgetfulness and ageing: what poetry has to say about it
Dean Gianakos, 
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA

14.50  
Wordpharmacy
Jens Lohfert Jørgensen, 
Aalborg University, Denmark

15.10  
Question and answer session
Dean Gianakos, Ahmed HankirJens Lohfert Jørgensen
Chairs: Lesley Saunders and Donald Singer

15.30  
Tea, posters and book signing

Hippocrates Prize awards ceremony

16:00   
Readings by judges Philip Gross and Kit Wright

16.20
Young Poet, NHS and Open international Awards
presented by judges Sarah Crown, Robert Francis QC, Philip Gross and Kit Wright.

Readings of winning poems

17.00   
Wine reception and launch of the 2014 Hippocrates Prize Anthology

18.00   
Close 

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