Time to write poetry

22 Jul 2020 17:00 - 18:00



Take a break from the day-to-day and join fellow RCN members for a poetry workshop with nurse and poet Romalyn Ante.

This workshop will explore Poetry & Healing: Writing the Language of Empathy

In Greek mythology, Hermes holds the caduceus and the lyre. This symbolically illustrates the bond between healing the body and nourishing the creative imagination.

We will explore how poetry responds to human fragility and deepens our engagement with the existential questions of illness and mortality. We will look at poems by Dannie Abse, Max Ritvo, Pascale Petit, and more to develop ways of writing in our own language of empathy and discover how poetry explores the intricate interstices of pathographies that link human suffering with the possibilities of healing and restoration.

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. Her debut poetry collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, will come out with Chatto & Windus in July.


How to join

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Details on how to join will be sent to your email address prior to the event. Keep an eye out for one email from Eventbrite and a second email from the RCN.

Please note this is an event for RCN members only.

Whether you are working or isolating, please join us if you would like, and keep in mind the following to ensure it is safe and enjoyable for all:

  • Feel free to stay for as little or as long as you like, and you can sign off at any time.
  • Everyone is of course welcome to talk, and we are here to listen, but we can’t provide professional advice or support during the session. If you do need more professional support regarding the current circumstances, we’ll be able to signpost you to RCN resources and services
  • Please note this is an event for RCN members only.

For more tips and support on self care during this challenging time, visit the RCN's COVID-19 and your mental wellbeing page.


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