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Poetry & Ecology - reading and discussion with Eleanor Hooker and Claire O'...

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This unique event is a poetry reading by Eleanor Hooker and a discussion with journalist Claire O'Brien on poetry and how it describes the natural world as compared to science, how the arts and humanities relate to each other or don’t. This will be a wide-ranging and interesting dialogue about the conflicts and connections between the arts and science.

Eleanor Hooker has published two collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, A Tug of Blue (2016) and The Shadow Owner’s Companion (2012). She holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Cultural History from the University of Northumbria and a BA (Hons 1st) from the Open University. Her poems appear in literary journals internationally, including: Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review, Poetry Review Newsletter, The Stinging Fly, Poem: International English Language Quarterly Punch Magazine (India), Kalligram (Hungary), Backstory Journal (Australia), Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College, the Irish Times newspaper. In March 2017 she was a winner in the Poetry Society Members' Competition and longlisted in the Poetry Society National Poetry Competition. Her poetry has been included in various anthologies including The Stony Thursday Book 2018, Autonomy, 2018, The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit A Touchstone Poem, 2017. Eleanor has read at international poetry festivals in Ireland, USA, India and Hungary. Her work communicates a keen understanding of the natural world.

We may discover there is more that connects the arts and science than we know, echoing the words of Einstein - "one of the most powerful motives that attract people to science and art is the longing to escape from everyday life."

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