Who says science and art don’t mix?
In her 2004 collection, Mollusc (Comma Press) poet Helen Clare refuted the usual arts v science stereotypes by looking at life and love with a “dissector’s imagination”, writing poems which included many a reference to beakers, chloroform and fungus (well, she used to be a biology teacher…). Now Clare is bridging the arts-science divide once again with a residency at the Museum and Science and Industry, where she is running drop in sessions inspired by Manchester’s textile history. The sessions take place every Tuesday and are open to anyone interested in reading, writing or contributing to poetry. There will also be workshops running every day (except Tuesday) from May 28 to Jun 3.
Drop in Workshops, Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI), (Liverpool Road, City. 832 2244 www.msim.org.uk). Free. Tuesdays, 10am-5pm.
Flashing is good for you….
Friday sees the launch of The Flash, a book of 100 stories by 100 writers edited by local writer and editor Pete Wild, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The anthology of super-short fiction includes contributions from established writers as Michel Faber, Stella Duffy and Jonathan Lethem as well as previously unpublished writers and up and coming ones. This launch event features readings by eight of the contributors including Richard Evans, Nicholas Royle, Robert Sheppard, Peter Wild and, yikes, me! Yes, I’m in it. Come and watch me read (quake). Just promise not to flash me.
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