Love your Heart: poems by and for children

Love your Heart


An anthology of poems by children for children about heart health.
Edited by Wendy French and Rebecca Goss
64 pages. ISBN 978-0-9572571-4-6
Published by The Hippocrates Press, London: 4th December, 2014.

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This anthology of poems by children for children about heart health arose from a joint initiative for schools between Healthy Heart Charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust and the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine.

The book was edited by the first Hippocrates NHS Poetry and Medicine Prize winner Wendy French and by poet Rebecca Goss, with notes on Heart Health by medical professor and Hippocrates Initiative co-founder Donald Singer. Wendy and Rebecca selected poems in the collection from invited submissions of poems both for primary school and secondary school entries. The book was launched at a Healthy Heart Poetry event at the Medical Society of London on Thursday 4th December 2014.

Healthy Heart Poetry

Go to online submission form for poems by children to be considered for the next Heart Poetry collection.

There is no charge for entry.

The aim of the Healthy Heart Poetry initiative is to encourage interest in lifestyle that helps to keep the heart healthy.

We thought that writing poems and related recipes would form excellent themes for a school lesson on a number of subject areas.

See more about Healthy Heart Poetry

Do contact Wendy French if you wish any further information on involving your local school in the project, or wish to help in other ways.

See YouTube videos of examples of Healthy Heart Poetry by schools:

Little Red Balloon: from Chevening C.E. Primary School – read by Raphael Shirley

Heart or Else: heart poem from Chevening C.E. Primary School read by Raphael Shirley

Healthy Heart Poem during Assembly – performed by Year 6Ws at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School


About the editors

Wendy French developed healthy heart poems within the Healthy Heart Awards founded by the Healthy Heart charity the CVRT. Wendy was head of the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital School for fifteen years and now works with people with aphasia/dysphasia, helping them to recover their use of language through poetry. She also facilitates writing in other healthcare settings. She has won prizes in international competitions, including first prize in the NHS category of the Hippocrates Prize in 2010 and second prize in 2011. She co-authored Born in the NHS with poet Jane Kirwan, published by the Hippocrates Press in 2013. More about Wendy French.

Rebecca Goss’ aims to raise awareness of congenital heart disease. Her second collection titled Her Birth, published by Carcanet/Northern House, was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals including Stand, Ambit, Magma, Mslexia and The Reader. She has enjoyed success in competitions, including The Bridport Prize, The Troubadour International Poetry Competition, Torriano Poetry and Mirehouse/Ways with Words. She was awarded an Authors’ Foundation Grant in 2011, from the Society of Authors.  [Photo: Rosie Bennett]. More about Rebecca Goss.

Donald Singer co-founded the Hippocrates Initiative with poet Michael Hulse. He is a clinical pharmacologist who has published many articles on cardiovascular research, prevention and treatment, and public understanding of health. He co-authors the Pocket Prescriber safe prescribing guide, its 7th edition  published by Taylor & Francis in 2014. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and Secretary of the European Association of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, which supports scientific and educational exchange for over 4000 clinical pharmacologists from 32 European and other countries. More about Donald Singer.