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.
Two Experimental Words shows down - and one to go! Manchester and Canterbury were both incredible, as our poets and scientists dug deep to create brilliant new performances. We've had a sustainability gameshow, a performative lecture on the totally real science of phrenology, and candida fungus literally threatening us on-stage. The London show is coming up - why not get your FREE tickets right now? In the meantime check out a poem one of our audience members wrote during the interval.Read More
One final This Is Science poem from the Canterbury edition of Experimental Words. Our pairing of the superb poet Neelam Saredia and the awesome molecular biophysicist scientist Dr. Neil Kad has led to this fun, speed-written poem. You can see Neil and Neelam (Neilam?) tonight at the Cathedral Lodge with a brand new spoken word performance. Get your tickets now!Read More
It's tomorrow, everyone! Experimental Words hits Canterbury with an explosive force of science-infused spoken word. We can't wait to see what our poetry and scientist pairings have created for Canterbury Festival, and the epic surroundings of the Cathedral Lodge will be an amazing backdrop to showcase their performances. Enjoy this warm-up poem from Helen Seymour and Dr Alessia Buscaino - and then grab yourself a ticket to the show!Read More
After an absolutely fantastic (and sold out!) show in Manchester, the Kent edition of Experimental Words is fast approaching! Come see the show on Wednesday 1 November, where it's part of Canterbury Festival - and promises to be incredible. One poet taking part is James McKay, and he'll be working with Professor Charlotte Sleigh - who researches where science intersects with the humanities. James' poetry knowledge is encyclopaedic, so they're a perfect pair to create a new sci-poem for the show! Here's their warm-up poem - another in the This Is Science series.Read More
Another stonkingly good This Is Science poem written for Experimental Words! It's hard to believe that these poems are the result of just 45 minutes of collaboration between a scientist and a poet who have just met. This time around it's Jasmine Chatfield and self-described "mitochondria fiend" Alex Holsgrove. Enjoy this one, and check out some of the other poems our scientist and poets have created together.Read More