16 May 2014 09:38

English lecturer Jane Draycott has been awarded first prize in this year’s Open International Hippocrates Prize for poetry.

She was presented with her £5000 prize by the poet Philip Gross at an International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. 

Jane Draycott’s winning poem The Return concerns the many sanatoria around the world left standing very much as the day they were abandoned decades ago, remaining as if on stand-by for whenever their time comes again.

Now in its 5th year, winners for the 2014 Hippocrates NHS and Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine were selected by judges poet Philip Gross, barrister Robert Francis QC and Mumsnet Editor Sarah Crown from over 1000 entries from 31 countries. 

All winning and commended poems have been published in the 2014 Hippocrates Awards Anthology.

Judge Sarah Crown commented: ‘Reading them awakened me to the stories behind the science, and I found myself in tears on more than one occasion. Congratulations to everyone who submitted a poem, and particularly to the winners.’ 

A lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing, Jane Draycott was a Poetry Book Society 'Next Generation' poet in 2004 and second prize-winner in the National Poetry Competition 2012.