Programme: 10th International Hippocrates Conference on Poetry and Medicine

Date/Time: Friday 17th May, 9.30am to 7.00pm

Venue: Centre for Life, Newcastle, NE1 4AD

C for Life Newcastle

The conference will include Owen Lewis, USA, on the poetry of addiction; Anthony Daniels, UK, and Michael Salcman, USA, on doctor poets; Élise Brault-Dreux, France, on medical themes in poetry; Luz-Mar Gonzalez-Arias, Spain, on campaigning Irish poet Dorothy Molloy. There will also be a symposium on Julia Darling: Changing the Vocabulary of Pain: the life, work and legacy of Julia Darling - contributors include Cynthia Fuller, poet and co-anthologist with Julia of The Poetry Cure; poet, writer on health, and breast cancer survivor, Catherine Ayres; artist and long-time collaborator with Julia, Emma Holliday; and poet, Sean O’Brien.  

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10th International Poetry and Medicine Conference
Newcastle Centre for Life, 17 May 2019

Draft programme

9.00    
Registration, coffee

9.20    
Introductory

9.30    
Emma Storr: ‘The factory child: industry and poetry in 19th century England’

9.50    
Julia Rose Lewis: ‘Disease, identity, and the history of the haibun form’

10.10   
Elise Brault-Dreulx: ‘When the hospital bed becomes a poetic sign’

10.30   
Round table/plenary discussion

10.45   
Coffee

11.05   
Emma Trott: ‘“All the old familiar words are under attack”: poetry, metaphor 
and heart disease’

11.25   
Luz Mar Gonzales-Arias: ‘“They’ve taken my liver down to the lab”: illness and 
representation in Dorothy Molloy’s cancer poetry’

11.45   
Round table/plenary discussion

11.55   
Andrew Dimitri: ‘Iraq, Médecins sans Frontières and poetry’

12.15   
Reading: Paula Cunningham, Wendy French, Owen Lewis

12.45   
Lunch

13.50   
Michael Salcman: ‘How the anthology Poetry in Medicine was built’

14.10   
Theodore Dalrymple: ‘Illness as inspiration: the poetry of medicine and disease’

14.30   
Round table/plenary discussion

14.40   
Changing the vocabulary of pain: the life, work and legacy of Julia Darling
Christy Ducker (chair), Catherine Ayres, Cynthia Fuller, Emma Holliday, Sean O’Brien

15.40   
Coffee

16.00  
Owen Lewis: ‘The poetry of addiction’  

16.20  
Eleanor Holmes: ‘Reclaiming reflection: reading poetry aloud and writing for 
ourselves’

16.40  
Round table/plenary discussion

16.50  
Short break

17.00   
Hippocrates Prize awards ceremony

18.00   
Reception with launch of Prize anthology, Winter in Northern Iraq by Andrew 
Dimitri, and Illness as Inspiration. The Poetry of Medicine and Disease by Theodore Dalrymple

18.45   
End


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