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Category Archive: Poetry

  1. UCLH Poetry Commissions with Camden Roundhouse Poetry Collective Alumni

    As part of Our National Health Stories, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has commissioned five poets to write and share stories from the NHS. The five commissioned writers are alumni of the Camden Roundhouse Poetry Collective and have created works based on words from NHS staff. Their final poems will be performed live […]

  2. The Power of the Written Word in Newcastle

    Through their Charity Arts Programme,  Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have worked with Writer in Residence, Laura Lindow, and partner, New Writing North to produce some incredible pieces of writing with their staff, that encouraged them to use their own skills and ideas, whilst providing tools for writing.  Staff have been able to tell their […]

  3. Stories from Cambridge University Hospitals

    As part of ONHS, Cambridge University Hospitals’ arts-in-health programme have gathered stories from staff across the Trust including at their three day CUH Arts Festival in July. Working with local writer and poet, Hannah Jane Walker, who held conversations with staff about their experiences to create stories. Illustrator Jim Butler, who spent 5 days in residence […]

  4. Watch ‘All Kinds of Bright’ a poem by Oxford University Hospitals

    Trust Poet Beth Calverley collaborated with over 50 staff members from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust creating a new poem called ‘All Kinds of Bright’ reflecting the experiences of staff and including words and stories from the staff themselves. Watch the film below of the poem.

  5. FOG – a poem by Susan Hunter Downer

    On a recent visit to the Heritage Site at the Northern General Hospital, part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, artist in residence, creative writer Susan Hunter Downer came across an intriguing folder full of collected stories from retired workers from the 1950’s onwards. This fascinating collection inspired Susan to write a poem about […]

  6. Staff stories, poignant poetry and paper art  

    An abundance of activity has been taking place at Oxford University Trust Foundation hospitals. See what staff have been writing, creating and gathering for the NHS 75th in the images below.

  7. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust hosts The Poetry Machine 

    As part of their engagement with staff for Our National Health Stories, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has hosted Poet Beth Calverley and her magical Poetry Machine at Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital this July, supported by Art For Life.  Beth creates free poems by having a chat with participating hospital staff and asking […]

  8. A poem by Stephen Lee Hodgkins

    Enjoy this poem from Stephen Lee Hodgkins, artist working with staff at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust YORK NHS NUMBERS WITH LOVE How many births, deaths,  And staff named Geoff?  Pints of blood, and children being treated for  Falls, bumps and thuds.  How many recent retirees? Sandwiches made of cheese,  And caring […]