New publication: ‘Thinks itself A Hawk’ poems from the UCH Macmillan cancer Centre, published by Hippcocrates poetry press 2016

Events: 2017

Humanities Projects for Medical Students: Imperial College and King’s College, London

Sessions for Beckenham Reading Group on Poetry. How to read a poem

Reading from ‘Thinks itself a Hawk’ for local residents’ association to raise funds for Cancer Research

Poetry and Music evening at UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre

(For poetry pf with five other poets): Masterclass for MA students at Bucharest University for one week in May. As a result of this work, poems have been translated into Romanian as a joint venture with the university

Reading with Jane Kirwan at Beaumaris Festival. Read from Born in the NHS.

Two creative writing workshops in schools in Beaumaris, Anglesey on ‘Keeping the Heart Healthy’.

The Cardiovascular Research Trust: work with Jo Roach at various London schools .


Part of Southwark Stanza at The Waterloo Festival, read a poem written for the festival on the River Thames.

A talk for 6th formers at Oundle School with Professor Michael Hulse on Medical Poetry

Edited the book The Hippocrates Book of the  Heart with Professor Michael Hulse and Professor Donald Singer published by the Hippocrates press.

Ran a workshop at the Torbay Poetry Festival

6 sessions at St Pancras Evergreen Ward

Read at Torriano, Kentish Town with Grey Hen press

Took part in two evenings for Junior Doctors on Arts and Health  UCHL





2015 End of one year Poet-in-Residence post at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre

2016 one of judges for Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine prize.

June 17th 2016 round table at University of Glasgow discussing creativity and adolescence with mental health problems. A research project organised by the Professor of Creative Writing Glasgow.

June 23rd 2016 Launch of book ‘Thinks Itself A Hawk’ poems from the Macmillan Centre at the Centre.

June 30th short presentation for The Royal College of Physicians on Arts and Health. My work at the UCH Macmillan Centre

July1st/2nd Poster presenation and short reading at the confernce on Pain at UCLH.

September 23rd 2016 reading at Tongues and Grooves, Portsmouth.organised by Maggie Sawkins


After a series of workshops in schools Rebecca Goss and I co-edited this book:
2014 ‘Love your Heart’ poems written by children for children on keeping healthy. Published by Hippocrates poetry press for the Cardio-Vascular Research Trust.

2015 co-edited with Dilys Wood ‘Fanfare’ a Second Light publication

Sessions for Surrey Libraries Outreach Team working with women who are victims of domestic abuse.

Session at Imperial College London with Medical Humanity students on how to analyse a poem.

On-going work at Macmillan Cancer Centre with patients and carers.

Wed. June 24th at the Medical Society of London organised a reading with Prof. Donald Singer of this year’s poets commended in the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine prize.

Sat. July 4th reading at Keats House, Hampstead. A poetry reading with free entry but a collection at the end for Syria. 7.30 start. A wonderful location for a summer evening! Reading organised by Clare Saponia, a performance poet from Berlin.

And future events. The Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine prize 2016.

Judging with Rafael Campo, the American doctor and poet the 2016 Hippocrates prize for poems on the theme of medicine. See the Hippocrates Initiative website: hippocrates-poetry-org/hippocrates-prize/1st prize £5000. One of the biggest prizes awarded for poetry today.


Sunday Feb 23rd reading with Jane Kirwan from Born in the NHS at Torriano Meeting House Torriano Ave, Kentish Town. 7pm

Saturday March 8th reading with Jane Kirwan from Born in the NHS at Carnegie Library, Denmark Hill, 2pm.
Also a 15 minute play The Furry Dance written by WF will be performed.

Open discussion so Come and have your say on NO to privatising the NHS!

Friday March 14th judging the spoken word poetry competition at Seaton House School, Surrey.

March 22nd reading with Jane Kirwan at Stoke Newington Library at 7.30.

16th May reading at the Second Light Spring Festival. See the Second Light website for details.

Friday September 26th at Wymondham Words Festival, South Norfolk, reading with Jane Kirwan from Born in the NHS.

October 25th reading with Jane Kirwan at the Torbay Festival. Details from The Torbay International Poetry website. A weekend of readings, workhops and much much more.

Under work:
Running weekly sessions at Macmillan Cancer Centre, Huntley Street and from February will be running a six week course at Maggie’s, Cancer Centre, Hammersmith.
A 6 session project will be starting in February at Dyscover, a day centre at Walton -on -the -Hill, Surrey for people suffering from aphasia. The project will be called, ‘Me before aphasia and Me After Aphasia.’

On-going sessions for Surrey Libraries with women who are victims of domestic violence.


Jane Kirwan and I are judging the 10th Anniversary Poetry Competition for Tongues and Grooves, Tongues and Grooves Facebook page for details.
Jane and I are reading at Ware Poets on Nov. 8th
and reading for Tongues and Grooves , Portsmouth on Nov 9th

Work: I’m running three workshops for Surrey Libraries in August, Lottery Grant funded.
I’m running a workshop in France called Body Language: another dimension from Sept.1st until the 6th. Email for details:

A 10 minute play, The Furry Dance for voices will be performed on Nov 5th at The Gypsey Tavern, Crystal Palace. Email for details.


Reading at Dulwich Chapel for Dulwich Helpline

May 12th Poster with Jane Kirwan at the Poetry&Medicine Hippocartes day,  Wellcome Institute, London

June 18th reading for Poetry &Medicine at Chandos House

July 12th  reading at Lichfield Science and Engineering Festival for Poetry&Medicine

July 15th reading with Jane Kirwan at Frome Festival from our manuscript Call the Crash Team to be published early next year.

August 8th reading at Sudbury Cafe Poets

September 3-7th Leading a writing course on Body Language

in Le Moulin 50410 Villebaudon

Workshop project

Redhill Library Writing course for Women who are Victims of Domestic Violence


February 2011: With Maggie Butt judging the Torriano Poetry Competition. See Torriano website for details.

Reading  on International Women’s Poetry Day at Luton. March 8th

Reading at Palmers Green Library on April 30th.

May 10th adjudication night for the Banstead Schools Poetry competition at St Anne’s School, Banstead, Surrey.

Workshop on May 19th for Thamesmead Poetry Group, Greenwich.

Reading at St Stephen’s Church, Dulwich, with two others, May 25th 7.30 proceeds to Kids’ Company. Details of other readers and music to be announced.

On going work at Dyscover, a charity and day centre for people suffering from aphasia. ‘Creative Words.

Dulwich Hamlet Primary School: Spetember 2010-April 2011

Every Child A Writer, working one day a week with individual children on the art of writing.

One afternoon a week working with three small groups of children on Reading for Enjoyment.


November 18th, Workshop for Second Light

The Art of Losing. See Second Light website for details.

Workshop Projects:

Nottingham Libraries: series of workshop with participants suffering with aphasia.

Dyscover Day Centre: workshops with participants suffering from dysphasia.

Workshops in the community with Maggie Sawkins in conjunction with Tongues and Grooves.

Dulwich Hamlet Primary School

One day a week working with individual children Project entitled, Every child A Writer.

Volunteer workshops at Chevening Primary School in Kent.

The Art of Writing.

Past Events

Launch of new book, surely you know this at The Royal College of Pathologists

Reading at the Troubadour Cafe, London

Workshop and Reading at Buzzwords, Cheltenham

Poetry Reading at Shortlands Poetry Circle  with Hylda Simms.

Workshop and reading at Chichester University Festival on Poetry and Voice

Presentation on The Heart with Cheryl Moskowitz at the Poetry and Medicine Conference at Warwick University April 2010

Judging the Torbay Poetry Festival 2010

Facilitating a writing workshop at the Torbay Festival on ‘Glad Rags’ 2010

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