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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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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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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Keith Jarrett & Jess Wade: This Is Science

The Experimental Words London show is nearly here! Next Monday our intrepid poets and scientists will debut brand new micro-performances at Springer Nature, exploring research through spoken word. The two previous shows in Manchester and Canterbury have been incredible and sold out, so make sure to grab your free ticket now if you're planning on coming! In the meantime, here's poet Keith Jarrett's take on This Is Science, which he wrote when paired with Dr. Jess Wade. 

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Super Cool Science Illustration

During our Experimental Words shows, we make our audience complete some paperwork at the interval. Through a questionnaire, we ask them questions about poetry and science - and task them with writing a poem. It's very important, data-driven work - and certainly not just for silly purposes. Some excellent poems are always written, but today we wanted to share this super cool cartoon drawn by Adrian Brayley at the Canterbury show. This in just 15 minutes: amazing! Find out more about Adrian here.