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Poetry - on Love, Death ... and STEM

Wednesday 20 March: 7:15pm - 9:00pm

The Locker Cafe, 54 King St, CB1 1LN

An entertaining and thought-provoking evening of poetry by two Cambridge scientists.

Rebecca Elson (1960-1999) researched globular clusters at the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, working on the first Hubble data to tease out the birth and death of stars. Her posthumous collection A Responsibility to Awe has just been republished as a Carcanet Classic.

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Peter Howard (1957-2017), physicist and software designer, worked in the Cambridge hi-tech sector on many innovations including the vital signs monitor worn by Felix Baumgartner in his epic space free-fall. His final collection Weighing The Air was published by Arrowhead Press and is available from Amazon.

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They were friends and admired each other's work. Their poetry styles are very different – Rebecca's lyrical and Peter's witty - often on science, computing and mathematical themes. They both wrote about their working lives.

People without a STEM background will come away feeling both educated and entertained by the STEM-themed poetry. Extra layers of meaning lie in wait for people **with** a STEM background.

Readers: Anne Berkeley (Rebecca’s editor) and Heather Howard (Peter’s wife).

There will be a retiring collection and poetry books for sale in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice.

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Age: 15+, Performance, Arrive on time, Free