Anna's Left Hand points to success

A Berwick poet has taken second place in an international competition.

Monday, 16th May 2016, 9:16 am
Anne Ryland

Anne Ryland took the award at the prestigious Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Her poem, Anna’s Left Hand, was shortlisted in the open category, and at an awards ceremony at the International Poetry and Medicine Symposium in London last month she was given the opportunity to read her poem, as well as being presented with second place.

Anne’s poem was inspired by the first human x-ray photograph depicting Willhelm Röntgen’s wife.

Her work will also be included in The Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

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Anne said: “I was surprised and, of course, delighted to win second prize in the open category of the competition, particularly as Anna’s Left Hand was a new poem and I hadn’t had a chance to think about where it might be going.

“The award was particularly meaningful to me because of my long-standing interest in the therapeutic potential of poetry.

“As a writer and writing tutor I have witnessed how the process of exploring illness, pain and mortality through the writing of poetry can be healing, as well as absorbing and empowering. Medical humanities is an exciting and developing field, one I’m keen to learn more about and hope to contribute to in some way.”