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The tradition of doctor-poets goes back to the era of Hippocrates. Today, the interdisciplinary link between poetry and medicine continues to be a source of creative expression and is the focus of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Take a look at some of our links below to find out more.
A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. Check out her anthology in our collection at shelfmark 821.008 EME.
Following in the footsteps of ‘The Emergency Poet’, Teaching Fellow and Creative Writing MA Alumna, Sue Spencer uses poetry to facilitate well being in education and health care. She has developed a passion for creative approaches to reflective practice and personal development and believes that poetry can bolster people through challenging times. During exam periods Sue is often on hand to offer students and staff a unique opportunity to interact with poetry through a personal consultation and poetic prescriptions.
'Poetry can save lives!'
Julia Darling passionately believed that ‘poetry should be part of every modern hospital’. She felt that the language of poetry can confront the language of pain, not just for poets but everyone. Writing in her introduction to the anthology The Poetry Cure, Julia noted: ‘It’s a powerful force, which can help us through the darkest times. I would like to see more poets in residence in the health system, more poetry books in waiting rooms, more poems on the walls, more training in creative writing for doctors, and more poems printed on primary care leaflets.’