The Worshipful Company of Turners

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Poetry in Practice

When: Wednesday 30th January 2019, 17.15 – 20.30
Where: Apothecaries’ Hall, EC4V 6EJ (map)

Event Overview

We are excited to announce the first event in the series: The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture is a collaboration between the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Faculty of History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy, hosted by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. It aims to offer inspiring speakers, events and workshops which promote and explore the role of the arts and humanities in health professional wellbeing and patient care.

Poetry In Practice – an enjoyable evening of poetry and dialogue with:

• renowned actor and writer Simon Callow CBE,
• the ‘Emergency Poet’, Deborah Alma
• Professor John Gillies OBE, editor of ‘Tools of the Trade – Poems for New Doctors’,

The evening also includes a tour of the historic Worshipful Society of Apothecaries


*RCGP Member £20

FacultyHP Member £20

Non Member £30

*RCGP Members will be refunded full ticket cost following attendance


5:15 PM – 5:45 PM  Tour of Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Arrival

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM  Event commences

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Drinks Reception (Sponsored by Jon Baines Tours)



Deborah Alma

Deborah Alma

The Emergency Poet

Deborah Alma is a a poet and writer who conceived her role as The Emergency Poet as a fun way of bringing poetry to people. A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her vintage ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. This has proved hugely popular at literary and music festivals, conferences and medical schools and been featured in a programme on the BBC. An experienced workshop facilitator and teacher of poetry and creative writing, she has also used poetry to help communicate with people with dementia and at the end of their lives. She was the Writer in Residence for the NHS conference on Mental Health and Wellbeing. She has published two highly popular anthologies of poetry, ‘The Emergency Poet-An Anti-Stress Anthology’ and ‘The Everyday Poet- Poems to Live By’ as well as a book of her own poems, ‘Dirty Laundry’.

Professor John Gillies OBE

Professor John Gillies OBE, FRSE, FRCGP, FRCPE

Professor John Gillies was Chair of the Royal College of GPs in Scotland from 2010 to 2014. During this time, he focused on leadership and quality improvement in healthcare. He has published on medical ethics, philosophy of medicine, medical humanities, and primary healthcare policy. He co-directs the Compassion Initiative within the Global Health Academy, which works across disciplines to use the growing evidence for compassion in workplaces including healthcare. He is an Honorary Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh and Deputy Director of Scottish School of Primary Care, which works nationally and internationally on developing evidence for practice and policy. He edited ‘Tools of the Trade – Poems for New Doctors’, a hugely popular poetry anthology. The third edition will published jointly by Scottish Poetry Library and Polygon Press in April 2019.

Simon Callow CBE

Simon Callow CBE

Simon Callow is a critically acclaimed actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Room with a View and Amadeus. His books include ‘Being an Actor’, ‘Love is Where it Falls’, a theatrical memoir ‘My Life in Pieces’, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed ‘Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World’.


Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

Black Friars Lane, London, EC4V 6EJ

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries was founded in 1617 and lies at the heart of the early foundations of modern-day medicine. It remains an important, active and innovative medical institution today. This stunning venue, built in 1672, is the oldest Livery Hall in the City of London, and it still retains its original features. Enter through the archway just 2 minutes from Blackfriars station and take a step back in time. 

Steeped in history and tradition, the Society was founded by Royal Charter in 1617 and is one of the few livery companies in the City of London to remain professionally based with over 85 per cent of its membership belonging to professions allied to medicine.


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