One of the many interesting questions raised at the Lichfield Festival session devoted to the Hippocrates Initiative was whether sophisticated medical science is a suitable theme for poetry. In fact many of the poems in the each of the initial three 46 poem anthologies of winning poems in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Hippocrates awards deal with complex medical themes in an accessible way.
|M Henry, T Torrington, W French, J Arthur, D Singer.|
There was also a discussion about haiku followed by opportunity for the audience to write their own. The audience of scientists and engineers were enthusiastic in creating haiku on the day, aimed at introducing a wide range of medical themes in an accessible short format.
See a selection of the impromptu haiku created by the Lichfield audience