The launch for the 2019 SciPo Conference anthology, A Hatchery of Shadows: Poems About Plants, Brain and Imagination, was held on Monday, 9th November 2020. A number of poets included in the anthology read their poems, including the winner of the youth poetry contest, Isaiah Ambssa Robinson-Lewis, for his poem ‘Nereum oleander’.
I read my poem from the anthology, ‘The Pinecone’, and participated in a wonderfully interesting Q&A about Science and Poetry.
The video can also be found on the TORCH Oxford page here: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/a-hatchery-of-shadows-poetry-anthology-launch
Details about the launch and information on the readers can be found here: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/a-hatchery-of-shadows-poetry-anthology-launch
More about the anthology and how to purchase a copy can be found here: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/article/new-scipo-publication-a-hatchery-of-shadows-poems-about-plants-brain-and-imagination
‘I have read this anthology three times, with immense pleasure. Each reading has uncovered new meanings, new levels of enjoyment in the resources of free verse, handled with exceptional skill here by a bunch of fine poets. The anthology’s central themes — plants, the brain and imagination — are interwoven in a delightfully varied but unified verbal dance. The anthology is testimony to the unending capacity of the natural world to elicit wonder, curiosity, puzzlement and imaginative exploration.’Lucy Newlyn, Poet and Emeritus Fellow in English