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Poetry professor to give inaugural Wellcome Trust Mike White Memorial Lecture

Professor Fiona Sampson will deliver the inaugural Wellcome Trust Mike White Memorial Lecture, ‘A Speaking Likeness: poetry within health and social care’.

Posted: 27 May 2016

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In her lecture Professor Sampson will reflect on the role of writing and creativity in health and social care.

Fiona Sampson said: “Health care asks poetry the questions poetry needs to ask itself and it also provides some surprising answers. In my lecture I will address important questions such as: is poetry ever useful? Can it be therapeutic? Is it only relevant to individuals from some communities and not others?”

Professor Sampson has worked extensively in health and social care settings, frequently collaborating with artists and clinicians. She has also been poet in residence in a number of hospitals and has written several studies of creative writing in health and social care. Most recently she edited the book Creative Writing in Health and Social Care, an essential guide for health care professionals and others seeking to use creative writing in therapeutic settings.

The event commemorates the late Mike White, a pioneer of arts in health practice, and will take place on Tuesday 14 June at 6.30pm. It is free to attend, however tickets must be booked in advanced from the Wellcome Trust’s website.

Fiona Sampson is a Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton and Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre. Her latest book The Catch, published by Penguin Random House, was released in February this year.

The Roehampton Poetry Centre was established in 2013 and encourages the writing, reading and study of poetry, and aims to bring living poetry into the heart of the University’s English and Creative Writing curriculum. Students are excited and inspired by working alongside the very best poets in Britain and the world today.

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