What’s poetry got to do with global health? For one thing, poetry could be an innovative and exciting way of raising awareness on global health issues. According to the student-led Manchester Global Health Society, it could “encourage students across different faculties to view global health issues from a holistic perspective. It hopes to inspire meaningful reflection as well as enable students to communicate about global health issues in a way that is compelling and creative to the general public”.
This is why they have organised a Global Health Poetry Competition, inviting students to submit their poems during the month of March. The ten best poems have been shortlisted and will be presented at the final Recital Evening, this Friday 15 April from 6pm onwards at Chapter One Books. The top three poems will receive prizes of up to £150, sponsored by the Manchester Global Foundation. The grand prize winner will also be given an opportunity to recite the poem at the International Festival of Public Health 2016.
The Recital Evening will be presented by renowned poet and University of Manchester Chancellor Lemn Sissay. The judging panel will include John McAuliffe, poet and co-director of the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester, Sarah Collins, current lead for early clinical experience and communication at Manchester Medical School, as well as Manchester Global Foundation’s chair Mukesh Kapila. Entry is free of charge, but there are only limited seats. Tickets can be booked here.