Joanne Key wins Hippocrates Open Prize

Poetry Society Member Joanne Key, who was second in the National Poetry Competition in 2014, has won the Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine, announced by judge Mark Doty at an awards ceremony at the Poetry Foundation, Chicago. Her winning poem was ‘Colony’ which concerned the distress of her father during his final illness.

Doty, and fellow judges Carol Rumens and Peter Goldsworthy, awarded Society Member Sarah Leavesley second prize for ‘At breaking point’. 

Former Foyle Young Poet Maria Ji was third in the Health Professional Prize. Poetry Society Member, and Foyle Young Poet, Margot Armbruster was in a shortlist of four for the Young Poets Prize.

With an awards fund of £5500 the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. The 2018 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and the healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

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16 May 2018