MSt tutor Jane Draycott wins 2014 Open International Hippocrates poetry prize

MSt tutor, Jane Draycott has won the 2014 Hippocrates NHS and Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The judges were poet Philip Gross, barrister Robert Francis QC and Mumsnet Editor Sarah Crown.

“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.”

The prize was presented at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on May 10th.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ presentation “Finding my father in Mesopotamia”, 15 May 2014

at the National Archives,The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU.

15 May 2014


“Through a presentation of original photographs, poetry and witness statements from her latest collection, Taking Mesopotamia (which was heavily based on research at The National Archives) Jenny vividly and movingly links the 2003-2011 Iraq war to its roots in the First World War campaign, traces her own roots to the father she never knew and shows how to turn historical and family research into poetry.”

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