Poetry and Medicine

04th March 2013 18:30
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
An event that explored the rich connections between poetry, medicine and health, featuring acclaimed poets John Burnside, Jo Shapcott and Jane Draycott.

Poet in the City, in partnership with Medicine Unboxed, was delighted to present an event exploring the rich connections between poetry and medicine.

Poetry can bring new perspectives to the ideas we have about medicine and health. How can issues surrounding our understanding of illness and our associated beliefs and values be explored and challenged through language and the imagination?

John Burnside’s most recent poetry collection Black Cat Bone was awarded both the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize in 2011.

Jo Shapcott is patron of Poet in the City and Medicine Unboxed. Her latest collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa prize in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Jane Draycott’s new translation of the 14th century dream-vision Pearl (2011) is a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation and was a Stephen Spender Prize-winner.

Baroness Sheila Hollins is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s University of London. She was formerly President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. Sam Guglani is a consultant in clinical oncology at Cheltenham General Hospital and Hereford County Hospital. He curates ‘Medicine Unboxed’ an NHS initiative which engages the public and front-line NHS staff with a view of medicine that is infused and elaborated by the humanities.

Medicine Unboxed provides a forum to genuinely engage the public and healthcare professionals in a wider view of medicine's aims and resonances: a view informed by art, philosophy and the imagination, as much as science. www.medicineunboxed.com
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