Saturday 20 July. Doors & Bar from 7pm, readings from 7.30pm.
Free (donations to Arthur Rank Hospice).
Please reserve your place on our Eventbrite page.
Poetry: Photons from the Night
Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU
Come and celebrate the 50th Anniversary (to the day) of the first landing on the Moon, with an evening of entertaining and thought-provoking poetry by two late Cambridge scientists: Rebecca Elson and Peter Howard. Readers: Anne Berkeley (Rebecca's editor) and Heather Howard (Peter's wife).
You are welcome to bring a favourite Moon-inspired poem (no more than 14 lines please) for the Open Mic part of the evening. Please sign up early on the night to secure your slot.
Admission FREE, but there will be a retiring collection and poetry books for sale in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice. Please book in advance via Eventbrite.
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 recently been republished as a Carcanet Classic. Link to obituary: (https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-rebecca-elson-1103131.html)
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. Link to obituary: (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/05/peter-howard-obituary)
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, as well as the normal poetic themes of love and death.
* photo of Peter, courtesy of Dumbleton Studios
* photo of Rebecca, courtesy of Angelo di Cintio
* composite by Heather Howard