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Ever thought of writing poetry about science?

Come to a free taster workshop in the Lady Brodie Room at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Explore the creative arc between science and poetry with two recently published Poet’s House poets, Sarah Watkinson and Romola Parish. Bring your science, leave with a poem, and enter it in the St Hilda’s Science Poetry Competition!

Sarah Watkinson is Emeritus Research Fellow in fungal biology at the Oxford University Department of Plant Sciences. Her prize-winning pamphlet Dung Beetles Navigate by Starlight (Cinnamon Press) includes poems on parasitic fungi, green humans, making use of roadkill, and the tetrapyrrole ring.    

Romola Parish is an environmental scientist and lawyer. She was poet in residence at Oxfordshire County Council’s Historic Landscape Classification Project and has published two pamphlets: In Polygonia and Crying in the Silicon Wilderness. She won the inaugural Edward Thomas Fellowship poetry prize in 2017.

Booking and further information:

Advance notice of SciPo2018

Join the Poet’s House at St Hilda’s for SciPo2018 on 9th June for the third year of this acclaimed science poetry event. Hear how contemporary poetry is responding to the phenomena of climate change, with guest poets Carrie Etter and Philip Gross reading and discussing their new work. Join researchers to consider how poetry, often seen as remote from the arid high-tech world of science, can crystallise scientific ideas to inform and inspire, and read your own science-inspired poem to a sympathetic audience alongside winners of the forthcoming St Hilda's Science Poetry Competition.