Nurse and poet Romalyn Ante reads from her debut poetry collection and speaks with nurse, poet and author Molly Case (How to Treat People, 2019) about their mutual interests in art, care, connection and loss.
Ante's debut poetry collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, builds a bridge between two worlds: journeying from the country ‘na nagluwal sa ‘yo’ – that gave birth to you – to a new life in the United Kingdom. Steeped in the richness of Filipino folklore, and studded with Tagalog, the poems speak of the ache of assimilation and the complexities of belonging, telling the stories of generations of migrants who find exile through employment – through the voices of the mothers who leave and the children who are left behind.
Romalyn Ante left her home country of the Philippines in 2005 when her mother, a nurse in the NHS, brought the family to the UK. Romalyn currently practises as a Specialist Nurse Practitioner. Antiemetic for Homesickness is out now with Chatto & Windus and is an Observer Poetry Book of the Month and National Poetry Day UK Recommended Read.
Molly Case is a spoken word artist, writer and nurse born and brought up in south London. She currently works at St George's Hospital, London as a cardiac nurse specialist. In April 2013 she achieved national recognition after performing her poem 'Nursing the Nation' at the Royal College of Nursing. Molly has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Elle magazine and Huffington Post, and was named in the Health Service Journal's Inspirational Women list and the BBC's 100 Women list. Molly's book HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE was out with Viking, Penguin in 2019.
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