The Global Health Poetry Competition

The Global Health Poetry Competition aims to encourage students across different faculties to view global health issues from a holistic perspective. It hopes to inspire meaningful reflection as well as enable students to communicate about global health issues in a way that is compelling and creative to the general public. The Manchester Global Health Society appreciates that the arts and humanities are essential in advancing human health by creating healthier and more compassionate communities.

We have chosen the theme “Global Health”, which will be given a very wide interpretation by the judges. This year’s judging panel includes John McAuliffe, an established Irish poet and co-director of the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester, Mukesh Kapila, a professor of global health at the University of Manchester who has worked extensively with the UN, ICRC, WHO and various NGOs and Sarah Collins, current lead for early clinical experience and communication at Manchester Medical School.

Lemm Sissay, an award winning poet and the Chancellor of the University of Manchester, will present the awards on 15 April

Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. The maximum number of entries per poet is 5. The closing date of this competition will be 28th of March 2016. Entries should be emailed to


1st prize – £ 150

2nd prize – £ 100

3rd prize – £ 50

The grand prize winner will also be given an opportunity to recite the poem at the International Festival of Public Health 2016 and the poem will be published on the MCR Global Health website.

The top 10 students will be invited to recite their poem in a special poetry recital event that will be held on the 15th April 2016.


Let’s #spreadtheword together!


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