A poem by Oundle School pupil poet, Izzy Wythe (17) entitled ‘Calpol in Adolescence’ was recently shortlisted for the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Young Poet Award.
Launched in 2012, the Young Poets award is open worldwide to anyone aged 14-19 for an unpublished poem of up to fifty lines in English on a medical theme. The first prize carries an award of £500 and all prize winning entries are published in annual anthologies.
Now in its eighth year, the Hippocrates Prize, which includes the Hippocrates Prize Open, the Health Professional and the Young Poet categories, has attracted over 8000 entries from over sixty countries.
The 2017 Hippocrates Awards are organised by the Hippocrates Initiative in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School, with support from the Cardiovascular Research Trust. For those who are available to attend the awards weekend in May, the event begins with a pre-symposium poetry workshop at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, an International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, followed by the awards presentation at Harvard Medical School.
English teacher, Hattie Hopper commented, “For Izzy to have her work recognised in such a prestigious international competition is a wonderful achievement and her success is highly deserved.”
In 2016, a poem by pupil, Cara Nicholson (17) was awarded an honourable mention in the same competiton.