Themes for Venice Workshop

Themes

Three overarching themes: 

- what is known already about the interface between poetry and medicine - both from humanities and from health perspectives?

A debate: "this house proposes that the reading and writing of poetry can bring significant health benefits to patients". (For: Wendy French; against: Jane Kirwan)

Reading: CK Stead - stroke and poetry

Impact of stroke on writing poetry (CK Stead).

Does exposure to poetry help people to receive better care?

Does exposure to reading and writing poetry benefit the reader or writer, whether carer, patient or health professional (Bella Madden)?

Reading: Moira Egan - menopause in poetry

Does poetry improve recovery from serious illness? 

How may poetry humanise medical health care?

- what are the challenges when assessing the impact of poetry on health?

How can we know if poetry makes a difference to health and disease?

What is needed to obtain evidence that poetry alters the experience of health, or recovery from illness? (Donald Singer, Damiano Abeni, CK Stead, Jo Shapcott)

Reading: Marilyn Hacker - cancer and poetry 

Case studies on poetry in patients with specific health conditions: cancer (Marilyn Hacker, Bella Madden), psychiatry (Femi Oyebode)

Does active or passive engagement in poetry improve the experience of palliative care (Damiano Abeni, Claire Wilmott)?

- what are the major gaps in understanding the value of poetry in medicine, and the significance of medicine as a theme in poetry?

Finding poetry in the everyday language of hospitals (Wendy French, Alex Josephy).

Does exposure to reading and writing poetry benefit the reader or writer, whether carer, patient or health professional (Bella Madden; Femi Oyebode)?

Medical themes in poetry by young poets, by patients, by health professionals, by established poets … (Michael Hulse, Jo Shapcott, CK Stead, Marilyn Hacker)

Reading - Joanna Sedgewick - Poetry and deafness

Poetry, medicine and performance (Kelley Swain, Nicola Williams, Moira Egan)

Poetry, medicine and youth 

Should hospitals fund poets-in-residence, and provide workshops on poetry for patients? for staff? (Stroke and dysphasia: CK Stead)

Poetry of medical matters and poetry of self 

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