We Are In-Residence at Unearth Science Festival!

We are still buzzing from last night's Experimental Words at Chicago Botanic Garden - five phenomenal sci-poetry performances in front of an electric crowd! More on that later, but for now Sam and I are poets-in-residence at the Unearth Science Festival. 

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José Olivarez & Krissa Skogen: This Is Science

We're well underway with Experimental Words in Chicago, and we're super excited to see what our poet-scientist pairings produce at the show on Friday night. In the meantime, here's another poem from one of the pairs: the poet José Olivarez and the scientist Krissa Skogen with 'This Is Science'. 

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cin salach & Stuart Wagenius: This Is Science

Once we pair up the poets and scientists at Experimental Words, we initially challenge them to speed-write a new poem together. It's important to show that good stuff can be created in a short time, since we're often working on quite tight timescales. In our Chicago Botanic Garden edition of the project, we're going from that first meeting to co-performing in just 4 days - so the idea of prototyping and demonstrating quickly is super important! 

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Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson & Chicago Botanic Garden

We are in Chicago - although Sam's suitcase decided to have an extended stay in Philadelphia on the way. I'm not surprised, given that it's 0 degrees and snowing here! The blanket of white does make Chicago Botanic Garden look magical, though we were hoping for the green and bloom of spring-time. Anyway, Sam has been reunited with his clothes now so let's tell you what we're up to in Chi-Town: Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson have been brought over to run our science-poetry mash-up project Experimental Words as part of the Garden's Unearth Science Festival.

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Dr. Watson's Norfolk Tour Diary

Last month we took our new show Holmes & Watson: The Case of the Rhyming Crime around Norfolk pubs, courtesy of The Inn Crowd. We're off on a similar tour of Kent soon, with perhaps a showing at the Edinburgh Fringe too! More info about the show can be found here. In the meantime, Dr. Watson was kind enough to keep a diary of the famous duo's time on tour, which I present to you today without further ado...

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Holmes & Watson & Sam & Dan

Sam and I are on tour with our new show Holmes and Watson: The Case of the Rhyming Crime. They play has been developed with support from Inn Crowd, who make work happen in rural pubs across the South East and East of England. Our show opened last night at the delightful Wheatsheaf in Holt, Norfolk.

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