Contributors and supporters, friends and members of the public met up in York Library at the book launch to hear songs, the cart play about the history of health care in York and of course listen to the poems.
The winner Michelle Diaz and second prize winner Margaret Adkins, were able to attend and the third prize winner Simon Williams was with us in spirit on screen. He had recorded his entry because he had been unable to attend due to prior a engagement. Deborah Harrington from Public Matters, awarded the prizes after a short introduction about her background and previous experience in NHS matters.
The cart play was followed by an unexpected sing along and an opportunity to have a ‘selfie’ taken with an NHS 70 frame.
If you would like a book or even more than one, please use the comments box below to express the intention. I will then e-mail to let you know how much the postage will be, for the quantity you would like. The cover price for the book is £8.
In addition, in a few days the bookshop News From Nowhere in Liverpool (96 Bold Street, L1 4HY), will be stocking some copies.
Margaret Adkins, Brian Archer, Trevor Alexander, Michael Brett, Sarah J Bryson, Carole Bromley, Patrick Barran, Lizzie Ballagher, Julie Boitoult, Anne Broadbent, Simon Currie, Tina Cole, Diana Cant, Deborah Cobbett, Jonathon Davidson, Sarah L Dixon, David Dodwell, Vicki Dodge, Liz Denial, Michelle Diaz, Jill Eastland, Helen Fanshaw, Rebecca Gethin, Harry Gallagher, Raine Geoghegan, Tony Hargreaves, Mary Hubble, David Honeybell, Graham Jones, Linda Kurowski, John Ling, Allanah Milsom, Waseem Mira, Saiga Mina, Frank Newsum, Barbara Prater, Kauser Parveen, Terence Quinn, Marg Roberts, David Ramsden, Alun Robert, Christine Renshaw, Zan Simkin, Ella Frances Sanderson, Mohamed Saloo, Isbeal Tannahill, Cathy Whittaker, Lily May Worsdall, Sarah Watkinson, Julia Webb, Jane Wilson, Simon Williams, Anne Weerakoon
The book launch is on 24th November 2018 at York Library at 2pm. Your invitations should arrive in the next few days if they have not already. If you would like to attend please let us know.
Like the National Health Service of yore we have tried to be inclusive in our approach to the poems submitted. However, a few people forgot to put the titles of their poems on the contact sheet. This means we have poems with no author.
If you wrote “I am so much more than the Menopause” please get in touch through the comments box.
Please look in your spam box to see if you have an e-mail with the Christabel Hopesmith ourNHS70 Poetry Competition in the subject line, requesting a .doc version of your work.
The work of the organisers goes on. The prize giving and book launch (plus the actual production of the book ) is being organised as we write and since the poems were of such a good standard, we are applying to the Arts Council for funding, which has set us back a little bit because the time scale for acceptance or rejection is 6 weeks from when we make the application. And the hoops we have to jump through were not anticipated. Nevertheless, we want the book to be the best it can be.
Congratulations to everyone who entered and particularly to those above. We will publish the poems online and in the book and we may use extracts for promotional and advertising purposes but when the book launch has passed the copy-rite returns to the writers and we will have to seek permission to reuse them.
Some wonderful poems have arrived for the competition and now, the PO Box is closed.
The timetable for entries has been compromised by the sudden and unexpected death of the person we were relying on who was experienced with regard to book production and publishing! This is a double tragedy and I have only just been able to face writing about it.
Nevertheless the show must go on and therefore we are making attempts to find alternative knowledge and expertise. It is however unlikely that the beginning of July for publication is still in the frame… however, miracles do happen.
The last date for receipt of poems to the competition is now 28 March 2018, yay!
Get the thinking cap on, there’s a bit more time to finish what you wanted to say… or say something else. There is no limit to the number of poems you can submit, but please remember that if you send them in a very large envelope, the cost of the stamp is more than ordinary first class and needs to be a Large Letter stamp, whether first or second class post.
They chose 49 healthy adults from 64 to 97 years old and asked them to write about upsetting events or daily activities, for 20 minutes on 3 days in a row. Then after a lapse of two weeks to allow any negative feelings stirred up by writing about the upsets to pass, they gave each person a biopsy on the arm. They photographed the healing process over 21 days and discovered that by day 11, of the group doing the expressive writing 76% had fully healed as against 42% of the control group. It appears that a paper in September 2013 in the British Journal of Health Psychology indeed found that writing about an emotional topic lowered participants’ cortisol levels.
In the New Zealand study, the writers who had more sleep in the run up to the biopsy also healed faster.
Although expressive writing did aid healing when done after the event of the physical wound, the most beneficial time was when the writing had been done earlier, according to a BBC R4 programme about it, in the summer of 2017.