The annual conference of the Association for Medical Humanities 2017 was held at Keele University, hosted by the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences. The overarching theme was Critical Stories in the context of both Humanities and Arts research and production. The conference included three plenary addresses by Dr Ima Jackson from Glasgow Caledonian University, Dr Mike Shooter, President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy CBE, and Professor Mark Jackson, Exeter University. The programme featured a reception, dinner, tour and poetry reading at the renowned and historic Josiah Wedgwood Museum on the first night and a reception and banquet at Keele Hall on the second night. Artistic research, music, performance and collaboration lay at the heart of the conference. One session took place at the New Vic theatre, the first purpose-built theatre in the round in Europe with an art exhibition by a local art group, Shires’ Artists. The venue was ideal for showcasing music and performances relating to the themes of the conference. The Emergency Poet was available to all delegates on the final day in her repurposed ambulance outside Keele Hall and concluded the conference with some of her own poetry inspired by the conference events and informal conversations with delegates.