The Centre for Medical Humanities Presents
Gwyneth Lewis Poetry Reading: A Hospital Odyssey
Wednesday 4 May, 7.30pm, Durham Town Hall

Gwyneth Lewis will be reading from her epic poem A Hospital Odyssey, an outrageously imaginative voyage through illness and healing.  Drawing on the most recent biomedical research into stem cells and cancer, the poem is a journey through the body’s inner space and the strange habitats created by the disease, including the chimeras people see when they are unwell.

Maris, whose husband, Hardy, has been diagnosed with cancer, is separated from him. Her mythical journey leads though a surreal landscape, peopled by true and false physicians, god-celebrities, rabid statues, diseases hunting healthy bodies and a microbes holding their annual ball. The Otherworld is located in the hospital’s basement. In her desperate search Maris meets and converses with Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS.

Gwyneth Lewis was Wales’ National Poet from 2005 – 2006 and currently lives in Cardiff. This event is free and all are welcome. RSVPs and more information from Polly De Giorgi.


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2011 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine – Warwick Saturday May 7 | Centre for Medical Humanities Blog · May 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

[…] From the symposium web site: “For the 2011 symposium and 2011 Hippocrates Prize awards, we draw on national and international perspectives on three major historical and contemporary themes uniting the disciplines of poetry and medicine: medicine as inspiration for the writings of poets; effects of poetic creativity on the experience of illness by patients, their families, friends, and carers; and poetry as therapy. The Symposium includes discussion of early art as an inspiration, the influence of doctor poets, consideration of poetry as an aid to understanding illness, and poetry as passion for creative health professionals. Highlights of the day include poetry readings by New York poet and critic Marilyn Hacker and by 2011 Hippocrates Prize judge Gwyneth Lewis.” […]

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