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Wendy French’s latest collection, surely you know this, was published by tall lighthouse in 2009. The title and poems in the first section of the book all begin with one of Sappho’s fragments. Wendy’s other collections include two chapbooks published by tall lighthouse and her first collection, Splintering the Dark from Rockingham press.

She won first prize, a major award, in the NHS section of the  inaugural Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine in April 2010. The winning poem, it's about a man, is about her father, one of the first doctors to start serving under the NHS in 1947. The judges were Dannie Abse, poet and doctor, James Naughtie and Sir Brian Keogh.

She has co-edited three books of poetry written by young people in hospital and all published by Rockingham press.

Wendy works in a free lance capacity promoting writing in healthcare, educational and community settings. She is on the Board of Lapidus(Literary Arts and Personal Development) and will be judging the Torbay Poetry Competition for 2010.

She is researching for her own interests the life of Ivor Gurney.


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collections -
"Bread without Butter"
"Splintering the Dark",
Rockingham Press

"Thinks Itself a Hawk", The Hippocrates Press;

"surely you know this"

joint collection -
"Born in the NHS" (with Jane Kirwan)",
The Hippocrates Press


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