From Leonardo to Ebola in poems shortlisted and commended for 2015 Hippocrates Young Poet Award

Shortlisted for the £500 2015 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize are Daniella Cugini from Warwick in England and US poets Alex Greenberg from New York City, Alexandra Spensley from Avon Lake, Ohio and Parisa Thepmankorn from Rockaway, New Jersey. A further 5 poets from the UK, the USA and Canada were commended. Themes of the shortlisted and commended entries ranged from a child with Ebola to Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical studies.

This International Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets is for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme by poets aged 14 to 18 years. The 2015 Prize attracted entries from Australia, Canada, Nepal, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the UK, Ukraine and the USA. The £500 (~US $750) is one of the most valuable poetry awards in the world for young poets.

This year’s Young Poet poems are being judged by poet and BBC Poetry Please former presenter Simon Rae.

He said "Judging the entries for the Young Poets Award has been both exciting and moving.  The standard has been high, with both winners and commended poets producing strong, unflinching poems which will remain long in the memory.”

A further 5 poets were commended for their entries: from the UK, Molly Garbutt from Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, and Eira Murphy from Liverpool (with two poems commended); US poet Talin Tahajian, currently a student at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; and Aletheia Wang from Verdun, Quebec in Canada. Charlie Devon from  Arrington in Hertfordshire, England, received an honourable mention.

The winners of the 2015 Hippocrates Young Poets Award will be announced in London at the Hippocrates Award Event during the 6th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, on Friday 22nd May 2015. 

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The Hippocrates Initiative – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the relationship between medicine and poetry.

Hippocrates Prize founders

Professor Donald Singer is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, the main patron of the Hippocrates Prize. His interests include research on discovery of new therapies, and public understanding of drugs, health and disease. He co-authors Pocket Prescriber, the 8th edition of which will published by Taylor & Francis in the Summer of 2015.

Michael Hulse is a poet and translator of German literature, and is Professor of creative writing and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. He is also editor of The Warwick Review. His latest collection of poetry, Half Life, was chosen as a Book of the Year by John Kinsella.

2015 Hippocrates Prize is supported by:

The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, a national medical society founded in 1918 and publisher of the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology, has supported the Hippocrates Prize since its launch in 2009.

The Cardiovascular Research Trust, a charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. 


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