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Literature and the Sciences: Where do they meet?

 

The London Magazine discussion

 

Date: Saturday 13 February 2010
Time:  12.30-2pm
Venue:  Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Michael Blackburn, Mario Petrucci, Richard Tyrone-Jones
Chair: Simon Jenner

Three poets discuss the interrelationship between art and literature and the social sciences. What are the links between these seemingly polarised disciplines? Does art have any concrete influence on the social and political sciences?

Michael Blackburn is a poet and publisher. Poetry collections include The Prophecy of Christos and The Ascending Boy. Mario Petrucci is a multi-award-winning poet, he launches i tulips, his extraordinary and profoundly moving hybrid of Anglo-American modernism, in March 2010 (Enitharmon). A wide-ranging and versatile poet, writer, host, workshop leader and literary event organiser, Richard Tyrone Jones is Director of 'Utter!' spoken word events, and his first book Germline tackles issues of genetics and fertility.

From the 1700's to the present day, The London Magazine has played a vital role in the literary world. First founded in 1732, The London Magazine appeared for 53 years as a counterbalance to The Gentleman’s Magazine. Re-launched in 1820 under John Scott’s editorship, it championed the work of Wordsworth, Lamb, De Quincey and Clare, as well as the ‘Cockney School’ of poets. Welcoming the publication under John Lehmann’s editorship, T.S.Eliot saw it as “the magazine which will boldly assume the existence of a public interested in serious literature”. From Armitage to Zephaniah . . . expand your literary vocabulary. Editor Sara-Mae Tuson and associate editor Steven O’Brien intend to maintain the quality of content in a magazine renowned for publishing only the best of London's writers, artists and commentators.

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LSE Literary Festival 2010
Literary Festival 2010