Event 2 – Saturday May 4th – 4pm – Venue: Old science room now located in girls primary school just above McCarthy’s Bar on Goat St – FREE EVENT
Inspired by the land: the science of poetry talk and workshop
The writer Julius Hare said, “science sees signs: poetry, the thing signified.” While scientists and poets may see the landscape differently – the scientist plugs her insight into a description to advance knowledge, while the poet builds a story with metaphor and imagery to captivate a reader – both are ultimately inspired by the landscape to describe what they see. Both desire to evoke an image in the mind of the reader. Join Professor Michael Stephenson of the British Geological Survey and geologists from the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences as we explore with you the links between the land, the rock, the poetic word and the scientific word. Featuring readings from Hughes, Auden and Heaney, as well as the opportunity for attendees to write their own haikus, we will consider what poetic expression can teach us all about the true nature, and meaning, of the land.
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