SciPo 2016: A Meeting of Science and Poetry
Where poetry meets science creative sparks fly, so come along and hear ideas catch fire at SciPo – a day of talks, panel discussions and readings with the distinguished Welsh poet, Tony Curtis, Director of Medicine Unboxed, Samir Guglani, multi-award-winning poet Lesley Saunders and St Hilda’s own resident science poet – Sarah Watkinson. The event will be introduced by Jenny Lewis of the Poet’s House, Oxford.
11.00-11.30: Arrival, coffee
11.30-12.30: Introduction by Jenny Lewis
Plenary discussion followed by Q and A:
Tony Curtis, Sam Guglani, Lesley Saunders; chair, Sarah Watkinson
1.00-2.00: Sandwich lunch (Sibthorp Room and Hall Gardens)
3.30-4.30: Open mic
Tickets: £35 to include a sandwich lunch
Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan. His collections include War Voices (1995), The Arches (1998), Heaven’s Gate (2001) and Crossing Over (2007). He has also written books of criticism, including How Poets Work (1996), The Art of Seamus Heaney (1982) and Dannie Abse (1985).His awards include the 1993 Dylan Thomas Award and a Cholmondeley Award in 1997
Sam Guglani is a consultant oncologist in Cheltenham, and Director of Medicine Unboxed, a project that explores medicine through the arts and humanities. He is also a writer of poetry and short fiction. He actively explores the living interface between medicine and poetry as shown by his recent essay in the Lancet – ‘The Art of Medicine: Medicine’s Human Voices’.
Lesley Saunders is the award-winning author of several books of poetry, including the highly-acclaimed Cloud Camera (Two Rivers Press 2012). Lesley has held several writing residencies – most recently at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science – and collaborates with painters, photographers, dancers and musicians as well as other poets. She leads writing workshops and undertakes mentoring and editing work.
Sarah Watkinson is Emeritus Fellow and former Tutor in Biology at St. Hilda’s. Her poems have appeared in several magazines including Antiphon, Ink Sweat and Tears, Pennine Platform, The Rialto and Well-Versed. She won first prize in the 2015 Ware Poets’ Open Sonnet Competition, judged by Carrie Etter and second prize in the Battered Moons Competition (2014) judged by David Morley.