These Are The Hands – Poems from the heart of the NHS

The Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy were proud to present an evening of poetry to celebrate the anthology ‘These Are The Hands – Poems from the heart of the NHS’ with Michael Rosen and Simon Callow CBE. The book, edited by Deborah Alma and Dr Katie Amiel, has so far raised nearly £10,000 for NHS Charities. The book is available to order from all bookshops/ online retailers as well as directly from the publisher at Fair Acre Press:

The event was held on Friday, 25 March 2022.  You may listen to the poems by clicking here.

Thank you to all the NHS poets and everyone who made the evening such a special occasion. We are very grateful to Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager and Dr Katie Amiel (The Bigger Picture Collaboration) for organising this event and to John Baines Tours for kindly sponsoring the drinks reception. Thanks also to Alice Smith, Royal College of General Practitioners for her work on this project. Thank you to Dr Tina Matthews, Photographer.

Poets in order of reading – click here


Left – right – Ann Gray, Anna Bosanquet, Audrey Arden-Jones & Beda Higgins

Left – right – Beth Caverley, Chris Woods & Colin Begg

Left – right – Jen Lua Allen, Josie Darling & Scarlet Darling & Katrina Curtis

Left – right – Khadija Rouf, Margaret Adkins & Michael Carden

Left – right – Michael Rosen, Molly Case & Simon Callow CBE

Left – right – Vicky Thomas, Dr Katie Amiel & Dr Andrew Papanikitas (Deputy President),
Professor Jane Anderson CBE (Master Apothecary) & Simon Callow CBE