Wednesday, March 24, 2010

shortlists announced for new annual competition for a poem on a medical subject

Short list
The Hippocrates Prize is offered in two categories: an ‘open’ category which anyone can enter, and an ‘NHS’ category open to National Health Service-related employees and health students.
The first prize for the winning poem in each category is £5,000, with second and third prizes of £1,000 and £500. Awards will be announced and presented by the judges James Naughtie, Sir Bruce Keogh and Dannie Abse on Saturday 10th April 2010 at an International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine at Warwick Arts Centre for which members of the public are welcome to register.

In the ‘Open’ category, the entries short-listed for the top 3 prizes are:

 Treatments by Siân Hughes from Banbury
Insight by Pauline Stainer from Suffolk
Ischaemia by CK Stead from Auckland, New Zealand

Sian Hughes’ first book of poems, The Missing, appeared last year from Salt Publishing.
Pauline Stainer is the author of nine collections of poetry from Bloodaxe Books, most recently Crossing the Snowline (2008).
C. K. Stead is a distinguished writer with a substantial international reputation as poet, novelist and critic. (photo of C.K.Stead - SMH)

In the ‘NHS’ category, the entries short-listed for the top three prizes are

It’s about a man by Wendy French from London
The Corridor by Alex Josephy from London
Time to get ready by Edward Picot from Kent.

Wendy French facilitates creative writing in health care and community settings. Her projects have resulted in three books by young people with mental illness. Wendy has two collections of poetry, the latest, Surely You Know This, published in 2009 by Tall-lighthouse press.
Alex Josephy is an education adviser working with NHS doctors in South East England. Her poems have been published in a number of magazines including Rialto and Smiths Knoll.
Edward Picot manages a small General Practice. His interactive literature for computer media has been published by The Hyperliterature Exchange and Furtherfield.

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