The Poetry Of Science

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The Poetry of Science

E=mc² or e.e. cummings? Scientific poetry or poetic science?

The worlds of science and literature will collide on Wednesday, 18 August, at a

special National Science Week event.

Poets Lisa Gorton, Alicia Sometimes and Adam Ford will join space education guru

Anne Brumfitt and RMIT University’s Associate Professor of Aerospace Design,

Lachlan Thompson, for The Poetry of Science at The Croft Institute.

Ms Gorton, who will next month join RMIT and the Australian Poetry Centre as

poet-in-residence, said the event would explore how poetry reflects the new worlds

that are brought to us through scientific endeavour.

“Poetry and science may seem far apart but at their most exciting, both stir within

us a real sense of wonder,” she said.

“It often seems as though poets and scientists think in completely different ways,

but both poetry and science demand that we see things in new ways; both imagine

and create new worlds.

“With this event, we wanted to test how poetry can respond to the new sense of

space that science is bringing us.”

The Poetry of Science is presented by the Australian Poetry Centre with assistance

from National Science Week.

Information for listings

When:  7pm, Wednesday, 18 August

Where: The Croft Institute, 21 Croft Alley, Melbourne

Tickets: $10 (available at the door or online:


Details of speakers

Alicia Sometimes ( is a poet, writer, broadcaster and

musician who has performed spoken word more than 400 times at events, venues

and festivals around the world.

Lisa Gorton lives in Melbourne. A poet, essayist and reviewer, her first poetry

collection, Press Release, won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry and was

shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award.

Adam Ford ( has had three poetry collections

published, and has performed his poetry in America and around Australia. His first

novel, Man Bites Dog, was published in 2003.

For interviews: Lisa Gorton, 0419 799 037.

For media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Gosia Kaszubska,

(03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

13 August, 2010

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