Simon Rae discussing poetry, medicine and the 2015 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize

There have been entries this year from Young Poets from 10 countries for the Young Poets Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine  - from Australia to Canada and the USA. 

You can now hear 2015 Young Poets Judge Simon Rae discussing medicine as a theme for poetry, and the Young Poets Prize, with award co-founders Donald Singer and Michael Hulse. 

In an audio interview Simon Rae notes the emotional response of the poets, and the authority and authenticity in their poetry. He also discusses use of imagery in the poems, and their relevance to a universal audience.

In a further discussion on YouTube, Simon reads extracts from shortlisted poems from the USA and from England.

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Simon Rae

Simon Rae is a poet, biographer, broadcaster, playwright and novelist. He presented Poetry Please! on Radio 4 for many years and wrote rude poems about politicians for the Guardian newspaper for even longer.

In 1999 he won the National Poetry Competition after twice coming runner-up. His collection, Gift Horses, was published in 2006. More recently he has written three novels for younger readers, Unplayable, Keras and Medusa’s Butterfly, and his first detective story, Bodyline, comes out in spring 2015.

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