2021 FPM-Hippocrates Prize Readings: Health Professional Commendations. Wed 15th September 9pm UK time

This is a second session dedicated to readings by commended poets in the 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Senior New York Times correspondent Anne Barnard, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla and Anna Jackson and paediatrician Professor Neena Modi were the judges for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Ann Barnard, Keki Daruwalla and Professor Neena Modi judged the Open and Health Professional awards and Anna Jackson judged the Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The Open and Health Professional awards in the Hippocrates Prize are supported by medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine

The Young Poets Award for poets aged 14-18 years is supported by healthy heart charity The Cardiovascular Research Trust.

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9 pm - Start of online session on Zoom 

1. Introduction to the 2021 Hippocrates Prize
Michael Hulse and Donald Singer

2. Readings by commended health professional and open category poets include:

Mark Fiddes  Dubai, UAE

Antibodies for kids

Mark Fiddes  Dubai, UAE

For the love of strangers

Shirley Ala Maine, USA


Jane Boxall Arizona, USA


Louisa Campbell Kent, England

In between

Stuart Charlesworth Norwich, England


Iora Dawes Stafford, England

A referral from the ENT clinic

Andrew Rafik Azmy Dimitri NSW, Australia

Three months

David Francis Victoria, Australia


Andy Jackson Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Dementia Song

Ann Jay Ceredigion, Wales


Michael James Leach Victoria, Australia

I recall when the kind ICU staff kept calm

Tom Lee Tynside, England

Bed 4

Alyson Porter New Mexico, USA

On Learning the Etymology of Diagnosis

Rosie Shepperd London, England

Be not ashamed to say, I know not

Karen Schofield Cheshire, England

After induction therapy

Linda Snell Corsham, Wiltshire, England

Woman on Ventilator

HR Spencer South Carolina, USA


Susan Thomas Surrey, England

Donning and Doffing

In each category: 1st Prize £1000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250 and up to 20 commendations. Entries were received from 34 countries for these awards.

2021 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Entries for this prize are free. The Young Poets’ Prize is for poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world. The Young Poets’ Prize is £500. Entries were received from 18 countries for the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize .

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