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Meeting with Microbes: A Ginkgo Prize Workshop for National Writing Day
Wed 26 Jun 2019 to Wed 26 Jun 2019
Join Daisy Lafarge and encounter an ecopoetics of entanglement with bacterial and microbial worlds in this free Ginkgo Prize workshop for National Writing Day.

When artist Sarah Craske found a 300 year-old copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in a junk shop, her mind was on its microbial – rather than financial – value. Working with scientists she exhibited the manuscript alongside the bacteria of its previous owners, carried by the book’s pages through the centuries.

Craske’s observation that each book has its own microbiome introduces the broader question of where and how the writing and reading of poetry meets with microbial life.

While much poetry has been historically concerned with ‘Nature’, positioning animal, mineral and vegetal life outside of the human, what does it mean to turn our attention and imagination to inner ecologies such as gut flora, or the (mostly) unseen bacterial worlds surrounding us, and on which we depend?

Date: Wednesday 26 June 2019, 18:30 – 21:00.
Venue: The Front Room, Hill Street Design House, 3 Hill Street, New Town, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP
Cost: Free

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