Registration is open for the 6th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine to be held on Saturday 23rd May 2015 in London. The symposium will include poster sessions, lectures, round table discussions and poetry readings (by former President of the Poetry Society Jo Shapcott and 2012 Hippocrates Awards judge Marilyn Hacker). The 2015 Hippocrates Open International, International Young Poet and NHS Awards will be announced at the end of the Symposium.
The programme includes 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..
Abstract submission is open - deadline 31st March 2015.
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.
The deadline for entries for the 2015 Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine, which is for unpublished poems in English, is 12 midnight GMT on 31st January 2015.
The Hippocrates poetry and medicine initiative has been supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, the Wellcome Trust, the Cardiovascular Research Trust, Heads, Teachers and Industry, and the National Association of Writers in Education.
In its first 5 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 6000 entries from 61 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.
The judging panel for the 2015 Hippocrates Awards for Poetry and Medicine comprises poet Rebecca Goss, BBC broadcaster and author John Humphrys poet and psychiatrist and poet Professor Femi Oyebode.