Science & poetry writers workshop: finding the locus of meaning

Barnes, M (2017) Science & poetry writers workshop: finding the locus of meaning. In: Public Workshop, 25 July 2017, At-Bristol/Bristol Aquarium, Bristol, UK.


This workshop, held in the venue's Turing Room, was open to writers from the public who were interested in and inspired by science, but perhaps struggled with how to incorporate it into poetry. The workshop appealed to those who might follow scientific discoveries but perhaps did not know how to begin writing a poem about them. The attending writers were guided through several different approaches to incorporating scientific ideas, theories, and information into a poem, as well as methods of approaching formal experimentation based on a scientific idea. The workshop also introduced successful examples of the “science poem,” where awesome and fascinating concepts are brought into the context of human experience, through which they can approach meaningfulness. I discussed my own research in this context, introducing what I had discovered in my doctoral thesis research. Each poet-participant had opportunity to draft several of their own poems and workshop their pieces with the group. Attendees were asked to bring a copy of an article about a recent science phenomenon they found interesting or meaningful to use as material.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)

An attendee of this session later had one of her poems generated by the session published by Magma and turned into a film poem, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (see it here: by Ginny Saunders).

Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 11:53
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