SciPo 2016- June 11th

A meeting of science and poetry

at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Saturday 11th June 2016

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With poets Tony Curtis, Samir Guglani, Lesley Saunders and Sarah Watkinson, introduced by Jenny Lewis of the Poet’s House, Oxford.

Read a report of the day here:

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.

Christ Church in autumn sunlight

Bring a science-related poem of your own to read at the open mic.


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)
2.00-3.00: Readings-
Tony Curtis
Lesley Saunders
Sam Guglani
Sarah Watkinson
3.00-3.30: Tea
3.30-4.30: Open mic

Tickets: £35 to include a sandwich lunch

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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.

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