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Monday, 8 August 2011

2012 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Entries are now closed for the 2012 Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine, which is for unpublished poems in English. 

Judges for the 2012 Hippocrates Awards are New York poet and critic Marilyn Hacker, medical scientist Professor Rod Flower FRS and BBC broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney. Awards will be presented in London on Saturday May 12th 2012, at the 3rd International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, to be held at the Wellcome Collection rooms in London. During the 2012 Symposium, there will be readings by Jo Shapcott, Past-President of the Poetry Society, and US poet and 2012 Hippocrates awards judge, Marilyn Hacker

The Hippocrates Awards

With a 1st prize for the winning poem in each category of £5,000, the Hippocrates prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. In its first 3 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted around 4000 entries from 44 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia. Awards are in an Open category, which anyone in the world may enter, and an NHS category, which is open to UK National Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations involved in education and training of NHS students and staff.
Co-organizers are poet and translator Michael Hulse and post-doctoral humanities researcher Sorcha Gunne. 

Hippocrates initiative wins national 2011 THE award
On 24th November, the Hippocrates poetry and medicine initiative was presented with the 2011 Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for the 2011 Times Higher Education awards. This award aims to recognise the collaborative and interdisciplinary work that is taking place in universities to promote the arts. Entries were open to teams and all higher education institutions in the UK. Major support for the Hippocrates initiative has come from the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, with additional support from the Wellcome Trust, the Cardiovascular Research Trust, Heads, Teachers and Industry and the University Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study.

Favourite poems on a medical theme 
To gauge international interest in the nature and extent of interest in medicine as a theme in poetry, we are also inviting international contributions in any language of favourite poems which feature medicine and health in the broadest sense. More details are given in my recent blog on how to submit suggestions

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