NEW! Medical Humanities and Ageing: podcasts and 2nd workshop (29/06/2015)

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You can now listen to the four talks delivered at our first workshop on Medical Humanities and Ageing in December 2014 here:

  • Dr Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University), “The Violence of Care. Love in the Age of Alzheimer’s”
  • Dr Martina Zimmermann (KCL), “Body, Mind, Metaphor. Gender and Ageing in the Current Cultural Image of Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Professor Pat Thane (KCL), “Old Age and Community Networks”
  • Dr Hannah Zeilig (University of the Arts, London), “Arts Projects as Community Networks for People with Dementia”

And please mark your diary for our second workshop on Medical Humanities and Ageing:

Programme to be announced soon!

Ruth Padel on Keats, Medicine and the Body (01/04/2015)

15.02.17_KeatsMemLectureA4 WMP bestThis year’s Keats Memorial Lecture marks the 200th anniversary since John Keats arrived at Guy’s to study surgery.

It is entitled Keats, Medicine and the Body: Imagining the Inside and will be given by Dr Ruth Padel in Guy’s Chapel on the 1st April starting at 6pm.

Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, scholar, novelist, critic and Poetry Fellow in the Department of English at King’s, and former Chair of the Poetry Society.  Her talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

The Keats Memorial Lecture takes place every two years and is sponsored jointly by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and King’s College London.  The Lecture series was established in 1969 and rotates between the two institutions:

The 2015 Lecture will be hosted by Professor Edward Byrne, Principal and President of King’s College London.  It is a free ticketed event.  If you wish to attend please obtain a ticket at:

Poetry Reading: Self-portrait without Breasts (24/02/15)

The Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) at King’s College London will host a poetry reading by Clare Best , who will present poems from her autobiographical cycle Self-portrait without Breasts alongside photographs by Laura Stevens.

On her website, Clare writes:best

‘As a teenager in the 1970s, when cancer was still taboo, I nursed my mother through the trauma of two radical mastectomies. My aunt and my first cousin developed breast cancer in the decades that followed.

When I reached my late 40s, the age at which my mother first had the disease, doctors told me I too had a high risk of breast cancer. I chose preventative bilateral mastectomy, without reconstruction. I also chose not to disguise my new flat chest.

Throughout the months of decision-making, surgery and recovery, I wrote a journal. I made plaster casts of my body. Laura Stevens took ‘before and after’ photos. Gradually, what had begun as my way of coping, evolved into a major creative project.’

Nash Lecture Theatre King’s Building Strand Campus
24/02/2015 (18:30-19:30)
This event is open to all and free to attend, but booking is required via our Eventbrite page. Please direct enquiries to

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