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Science Writes to Life

In this project, poets and students associated with the Poetry Centre were given the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in Life Sciences, to learn about their research and teaching, and then to create new work of their own in response. The response from both ‘sides’ was enthusiastic, and writers from the Centre engaged with work on cell division, blood and genetics, plant classification, microscopy, bees, and much else. The project was drawn together by an evening on 11 May 2012 at the Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. Prizes were awarded for the schoolchildren’s Science Bazaar; then the new works from the science and poetry engagement were performed for the first time. The T.S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted poet, Fiona Sampson, read from her new work at the event, including work which itself spoke to her own conversations recently with Brookes scientists. Photographs and video footage of the performances at the Pegasus can be viewed in the Projects section of the Poetry Centre website.

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