The Mike White Memorial lecture 2016 Lecture

The Mike White Memorial lecture was given by Fiona Sampson. Sampson is a prize-winning poet who has worked extensively in health and social care settings over many years. As well as being poet in residence in hospitals, she has written several studies of creative writing in health and care and collaborated frequently with artists and clinicians. In this lecture, she will reflect on the role of writing and creativity in health and care and the development of this field of work from its earliest days. Sampson, is published in thirty-seven languages and has received numerous national and international awards; she is the Professor of Poetry at Roehampton University.

The Mike White lecture is named after one of the pioneers of arts in health, author of Arts in Health: A Social Tonic, an arts practitioner in community settings and latterly a researcher at the Centre for Medical Humanities in Durham, he died in June 2015.

A copy of Fiona Sampson lecture A Speaking Likeness: Poetry Within Health and Social Care can be downloaded here.


This event is a collaboration between the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, London Arts in Health Forum and the Wellcome Library.