'Open the Windows' Poetry & Medicine Reading
Denise Bundred, Rebecca Goss, Beth Allen and Chris Davies
Rebecca Goss's newborn daughter Ella was diagnosed with a heart condition at the hospital where Denise Bundred worked. However, they only met later as poets, writing about their respective experiences as mother/patient and doctor. Join us for their reading which also features music celebrating ‘breath’ specially commissioned from Chris Davies and Beth Allen. Rebecca Goss's second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House) begins with Ella’s birth, her short life and her death, and ends with the joys and complexities that accompany the birth of another child. Her Birth has been shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection of Poetry 2013. Denise Bundred's poetry was highly commended in the Hippocrates Prize 2012 and 2013. Freelance musician/performer Chris Davies works mainly with visual theatre and dance, and is interested in music as a means of promoting a sense of well-being. Beth Allen, creative voice specialist and Sacred Sounds choir director for John Tavener at Manchester International Festival, says that breath is at the core of her work. This event is presented in partnership with The National Aspergillosis Centre, University Hospital of South Manchester, which treats patients with fungal disease, usually of the lungs.