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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Call for papers for 4th International Symposium on Poetry & Medicine, London: 18th May 2013

Registration is open for the 4th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine to be held on Saturday 18th May 2013 in London at the Wellcome Collection rooms on the Euston Road. The symposium will include poster sessions, lectures, round table discussions and poetry readings (Hippocrates Awards judge Jo Shapcott) and the 2013 Hippocrates Awards will be announced at the end of the Symposium. 

The programme includes keynote lectures from Anne Hudson Jones from Texas, USA and Hugues Marchal from Basel, Switzerland.  

Listen to these speakers discussing poetry and medicine. 

There will be sessions on historical and contemporary themes, illness and poetry, poetry as therapy, poetry in the education of medical students, nurses and doctors, and poetry as an aid to health professionals. The programme of lectures, round table discussions, poetry readings and the Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be published on the Symposium website

Oral abstract submission is open - deadline 28th February, 2013. 

 Poster abstract submission is open - deadline 31st March 2013.

The Hippocrates initiative was named winner of the Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in the 2011 Times Higher Education awards, announced on 24th November 2011 in London. This award aims to recognise the collaborative and interdisciplinary work that is taking place in universities to promote the arts. 

Entries are open until 31st Jan 2013 for the 2013 Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine, which is for unpublished poems in English.  

The Hippocrates poetry and medicine initiative was co-founded by a team from University of Warwick, and has been supported by several external organizations interested in medicine and the arts, including the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, the Wellcome Trust, the Cardiovascular Research Trust and Heads, Teachers and Industry. 
We are delighted that the National Association of Writers in Education is supporting the inaugural International Hippocrates Prize for Schools 

In its first 3 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 4000 entries from 45 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia.

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 each category there is also a 2nd prize of £1,000, 3rd  prize of £500, and 20 commendations each of £50.  

Judging panel for the 2013 Hippocrates Prize: 
Jo Shapcott, winner of the 2011 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
Theodore Dalrymple, doctor and writer
- Roger Highfield, science writer and Executive for the Science Museums Group.

For more on the 2012 Hippocrates Awards and the Hippocrates initiative see update

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