My thanks to all those who followed the week of Heart Poems for Children’s Heart Week earlier this month. The response was extremely positive. I’m very grateful to the poets involved for sharing their work, it was a good seven days. The poems will remain here, on my blog. Do take time to dip in and enjoy them again.
Now for more heart-related poetry, but a little different. This summer, I will be co-editing the Healthy Heart anthology of children’s poetry with Wendy French, to be published by the Hippocrates Press later in 2014. The idea behind the anthology – a joint initiative between the Hippocrates Society and the Cardiovascular Research Trust (CVRT) – is to encourage children and young people to maintain a healthy lifestyle and look after their hearts. Poems are invited on the theme of ‘Healthy Hearts’. Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world from schools or individually from children and young people.
The anthology will be divided into sections: selected poems by primary school children, selected poems by secondary school students, and a section devoted to heart healthy recipes supplied by anyone of school age. Medical professor Donald Singer said: “ I will be adding a section in the book on how to keep the heart healthy so that book could be used in schools for teaching about health as well as just for pure enjoyment of the poems. This looks a very interesting way to engage children and young people actively in understanding ways to prevent heart disease.”
Wendy French said: “The aim is to bring to children, from an early age, awareness of the importance of keeping the heart healthy through diet and exercise. Please do get your pupils writing! We would like as many children and older school students to enter as possible so we have a wide selection of poems to choose from.”
The book will be published in print and online by the Hippocrates Press. The book will be launched at a celebration in London on December 4th 2014, which children and older school students and their teachers will be invited to attend.
The closing date for entries is 12 midnight GMT July 16th 2014.
Poems may be entered on-line (see the Hippocrates website link) or sent to:
Wendy French at 4 Myton Road, West Dulwich, London, SE21 8EB or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read more about the Healthy Heart Poetry initiative on the Hippocrates website.