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Poetry and medicine event

Lavinia Greenlaw will be joined by David Harsent, Sean O’Brien and Greta Stoddart for an evening of readings and discussion on the theme of poetry and medicine at the London Review Bookshop, 7pm, Tuesday 16th October.

Free wine and nibbles will be served.

Tickets are £6 and available in person from the London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL, by telephone: 0207 269 9030 or online:

The evening is inspired by the anthology Signs and Humours: The poetry of medicine, edited by Lavinia Greenlaw and published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation earlier this year.

In 2005 the Foundation sponsored Lavinia Greenlaw as poet-in-residence at the Royal Society of Medicine, where she commissioned some of Britain’s leading poets, asking them to choose the medical condition that most interested them, and then found specialist clinicians or medical researchers for them to collaborate with. The results – 22 new poems from some of the UK’s finest writers – are included in Signs and Humours, together with a wonderful selection of poems written over the last 2,000 years which show how one of the most basic human concerns – the body – has continued to fascinate and agitate poets.

Lavinia Greenlaw is a poet and novelist who comes from a family of doctors and scientists. She has published three books of poems, most recently Minsk (Faber 2003), which was shortlisted for the Forward, T.S. Eliot and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, and two novels. Her memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls, was published by Faber in August 2007.

Signs and Humours: The poetry of medicine, price: £8.50, 208pp, ISBN: 978 1 903080 09 2.