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This site is aimed at healthcare students, educators and practitioners and offers you an informal way to share your thoughts and feelings about all aspects of health care practice through poetry, and to share in the work of others.

I enjoyed the whole process - it allowed me to explore my thoughts and put them down on paper in a way that academic writing doesn't really allow

Ruth Perez-Merino, first year nursing student

The Caring Words Blog

Kirsten JackThis is where we'll keep you up to date with news about the project. You can read the latest entry here:


If you want to check what's happened previously, have a look at the blog pages.

Kirsten Jack, Project Leader


Two new poetry projects

We need the voice of poetry in these difficult times – a poem always adds to the world and now seems the time to give.” – Carol Ann Duffy

We are delighted to announce two digital projects that anyone can freely engage with. The first, ‘WRITE Where We Are Now’ is a project created by the poet Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. It asks contemporary poets to submit work written in the recent days past or in the weeks ahead. The poets were invited to write directly about the Coronavirus pandemic, or about the personal situation they find themselves in right now. The poems are presented in date order and each includes a note about where it was written. WRITE Where We Are Now website

These poems provide an opportunity for reflection and inspiration in these challenging times, as well as creating a living record of what is happening as seen through our poets’ eyes.

The WRITE Where We Are NOW website is not currently open to new submissions, but readers are encouraged to share your own creative responses on social media, using #WWWAN or tagging @McrWritingSchl. Manchester Poetry Library will be launching a project to curate and archive these responses and you can join the Library mailing list to receive the latest information about that when announced.

The second project is called How To Make A Poem.

This is a free online course where you can learn how to 'make' your own poetry by exploring different poetic techniques and styles, from the Manchester Writing School. It is 3 hours a week for 3 weeks. Sign up to start on 4 May 2020