The Hippocrates Prize at the University of Warwick Book Festival

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine will feature at the University of Warwick Book Festival at Warwick Arts Centre on the University Campus at 10am on Saturday 15th June 2013.

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Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University said "The University of Warwick has a strong tradition in writing and literary events, and a number of Warwick’s excellent literary initiatives are represented at the Festival, including the Warwick Prize for Writing, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and The Warwick Review".

This session will be led by founders of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Michael Hulse and Donald Singer, and feature award-winning poets Wendy French, Jane Kirwan and Michael Henry presenting their work.

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Wendy French won the Hippocrates Prize in the NHS category in 2010 (and second prize in 2011, with two further poems commended by the judges). She lives in London and facilitates writing in healthcare and educational settings. She has published two full collections of poetry, most recently surely you know this (tall-lighthouse press, 2009). Her collaborative book on the NHS, co-written with Jane Kirwan, Born in the NHS, is published this year by the Hippocrates Press.

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Jane Kirwan’s poetry collections, Stealing the Eiffel Tower (1997) and The Man Who Sold Mirrors (2003), were published by Rockingham Press. She won an English Arts Council Writer’s Award in 2002. In 2011, a prose and poem collaboration with Aleš Mach.cek came out in English and Czech. She was placed third (NHS category) in the 2012 Hippocrates Prize, with four further poems commended by the judges, and recently completed a book about the NHS written with Wendy French.

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Michael Henry has published four collections of poetry with Enitharmon Press, the latest being After the Dancing Dogs (2008). George Szirtes has praised his “poignant elusive poetry full of surprises” and David Constantine has applauded his “honest, sympathetic and enquiring” verse. He won the Hippocrates Prize in the open category in 2011.

Michael Hulse’s most recent collection of poetry is The Secret History (Arc, 2009) and his latest publication the anthology The Twentieth Century in Poetry (Ebury, 2011), co-edited with Simon Rae. He has translated over sixty books from the German, and with Donald Singer co-founded the Hippocrates initiative for poetry and medicine, which took a Times Higher Education Award in 2011. A new book of poems, Half-Life, is published shortly.

Donald Singer has been Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics in the Warwick Medical School since 2003. He has published widely, and since 2007 has been President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. Since 2010 he has been Secretary of the European Association for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Chair of the Heads of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (BPS). In 2009 he co-founded the Hippocrates initiative with Michael Hulse.

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