International Symposium on Poetry & Medicine

Tomorrow I take the train up to the University of Warwick to attend Saturday’s 2011 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine. I shall be talking on the progress of my current poetry project, ‘Venus Heart,’ a poetry play inspired by the anatomical wax models of Florence’s La Specola Museum.

The programme for the day looks fascinating and I’m so pleased to be asked to attend. There will be talks on reading and writing poetry, looking at nursing practice, young people’s health, dementia, syphilis, and sex in poetry. (Can’t have sex in poetry without syphilis.)

There will also be a poetry reading from the winners of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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