Digital and Mathematical Poetry

Sunday 8th May

4.30pm - 6.00pm

Five Leaves Bookshop - 14a Long Row Nottingham NG1 2DH


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Poetry is an art, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be scientific, or that it can’t make use of new technology to present itself beyond the confines of a static printed page. These two poets have taken their eclectic interests in all things digital and mathematical, and built those into their writing.

Pippa Hennessy has published a series of poems inspired by quantum theory, and is now interested in digital poetry – what happens if the words move around? if they combine semi-randomly? if the reader has some control over the direction of the poem?

Sonja Dengler studied English Literature and Mathematics at university, which she mixes in her mathematical poetry. What does mathematics really mean? Can a poet explain the essence of a mathematical concept to a reader? What happens if you apply mathematical principles to a poem’s structure?

Both will read and talk about their work, and will invite discussion of the relevance of science and technology to the writing and reading of poetry.

(organised independently of NPF)

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