Poems of Hartlepool hospital trust nurse feature in book raising cash for Covid-19 NHS heroes

Thoughtful words that capture a moment penned by a poetic nurse feature in a new book which will help support heroic NHS staff battling the coronavirus pandemic.
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Mel McEvoy, who works for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has three poems included in the book These Are The Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS.

In fact, he has three poems in the book which has quickly become a bestseller and is raising money to support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff and volunteers on the frontline of the Covid-19 emergency.

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Mel, a nursing consultant in palliative care said: “Poetry catches the moments I see as rich in meaning.

Mel McEvoy reading from ‘These are the hands’.Mel McEvoy reading from ‘These are the hands’.
Mel McEvoy reading from ‘These are the hands’.

“I’m very proud to have my poems included. It’s a book about the NHS where I have spent most of my working life.

“And it’s all for charity which is fantastic.”

His three poems featured in These Are The Hands are titled ‘He swims in the silence’, ‘Do your own dead come for you?’ and ‘Living in an empty house’.

All proceeds will be donated to the NHS Charities Together Fund COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

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Writer and TV personality Stephen Fry said the book is: “A wonderful anthology to celebrate the NHS, which is itself the best poem a country has ever written.”

Mel added: “Working in end of life care has been a privilege and has had a profound effect on my life.

“I’ve been with people as they come to accept their oncoming death, I’ve seen how it affects them and how sometimes from that knowledge comes enormous strength.

“My poems may seem like they centre around end-of-life, but really they are about life.

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“They explore the past, where people come from, their experiences and have been described as a ‘narrative of emotion’.”

Mel has a long interest in poetry and had a previous collection of poems published called An Emptied Space.

He recently completed a Master’s degree in Creative Writing with Distinction. He hopes a collection of poems he wrote for his degree around all the different people using the hospital lift will also be published.

Published by Fair Acre Press, These Are The Hands is available now from Amazon priced £9.99.

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