Black Voices of The NHS : A&E Nurse & Poet Piers Harrison-Reid
Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Today, Equality 4 Black Nurses's founder Neomi Bennett is delighted to introduce to our readers the wonderful Piers Harrison Reid who is an A&E nurse that started writing poetry using hip-hop and punk music as inspiration. Piers has performed at numerous music festivals including Bestival and Latitude, which introduced his work to mainstream audiences.
Piers is best known for his love poem to the NHS ‘Love is for the Brave’ which he wrote to commemorate the NHS’s 70s Birthday back in 2018 and which went viral. He recently updated this poem to reflect the challenges the NHS has been facing due to COVID-19 but also to celebrate the work of fellow doctors and nurses who have been battling through the pandemic on low funding and limited protective equipment.
In June 2020, Piers wrote the above poem titled ‘My Black Life Matters’ for a CNN’s article discussing England’s failure to tackle systemic racism.