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Poetry Health Service Launched

Founded by poet, playwright and performer Hafsah Aneela Bashir, the Poetry Health Service (PHS), is a brand new, free creative service that prescribes contemporary poems as a tool for connection and healing.


PHS embodies and champions the importance of art in supporting our mental and emotional health. It features poems contributed by writers from across the world including: Hafsah Aneela Bashir (Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow 2019/20), Roger Robinson (winner of the 2019 TS Eliot Prize), Theresa LolaAnthony AnaxagorouKeisha ThompsonShagufta IqbalSalena Godden and USA-based poets: Roya MarshBuddy Wakefield and Aisha Sharif.


Users will be prescribed a complimentary poem following the completion of a colour-based flowchart. They will then be invited to respond to their poetry panacea with a Haiku of their own.

PHS is an Oldham Coliseum Theatre Homemakers commission, in partnership with HOME, Manchester. It will be available to access from Thursday 30 July via a dedicated website and phoneline sharing a range of exciting, inspiring, heart-warming and healing poetry.






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