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Genomics Forum · Events

The Social Sessions 03: Base Pairs and Couplets

Public event   13.01.2010






Genomics Forum Writer in Residence and Human Genre Project editor chairs a panel of new and established poets who'll give us their readings and thoughts:

Ron Butlin, Edinburgh Makar, acclaimed poet, novelist, and short story writer

Brian McCabe, author of Zero (and much else)

Tracey S. Rosenberg, poet and literary scholar

Kelley Swain, author of Darwin's Microscope, writer in residence at the Whipple Museum

Ryan Van Winkle, poet, journalist, organiser of The Golden Hour, Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City Libraries

Organised by

ESRC Genomics Forum in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library


Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT

Event details

Hugh MacDiarmid spoke the languages of geology and chemistry, Edwin Morgan brought space exploration and science fiction into poetry, and Gillian Ferguson has inscribed the human genome in her Poems on the Book of Life. The Forum’s own Human Genre Project, a website of gene-inspired writing, has already received scores of contributions, most of them poetry. Is science more inspiring to poetry than to prose?

Further details


After the event

Read Ken MacLeod's report at Science and Poetry, 18 January 2010