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 Bristol Poetry Festival 2017

Doctor Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine + Helen Ivory + Lucy English








Performance Event

  Venue: The Mackay
    Bristol Grammar School, Elton Rd, Bristol
    BS8 1SR
Wednesday 11th October
 £10 / £8 concs

Is there a mathematical equation for love and the behaviour of a beating heart? When our windshield is blurred with rain and we’re wearing our reading glasses, can we learn to look in the rear-view mirror and smile?

Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, is the new stage production from award winning poet Martin Figura.  He turns to international mathematics guru Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman’s iconic machine, the moon and photographs to shed light on these pressing questions and to help him sort out love, loss and when to let go.

With projections, machinery and sound by Andre Barreau, Karen Hall and Paul Finlay.
Produced by Tilt and funded by Arts Council England, with support from Norwich Arts Centre and Writers’ Centre Norwich.


MartinFigurasmMartin Figura’s previous collection and show, Whistle, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. It received a stand-up ovation at Bristol poetry Festival in 2012. His most recent publications are Shed  and Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine. He lives in Norwich with Helen Ivory and sciatica, where he runs the literature event, Café Writers.


helenivorysmHelen Ivory is a poet and artist, a freelance creative writing tutor and academic director for creative writing for continuing education at the University of East Anglia, an editor for The Poetry Archive, editor of the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears, and co-organiser with Martin Figura of Café Writers in Norwich. She has published four collections with Bloodaxe Books:The Double Life of Clocks, The Dog in the Sky, The Breakfast Machine and Waiting for Bluebeard.



LucyEnglishsmLucy English Lucy English was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has three novels published by Fourth Estate. She is best known as a performance poet, first winning the Bristol Poetry Slam in 1996, and going on to tour worldwide, performing her poetry at several international festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, Austin International Poetry Festival, Wordfest, at Calgary in Canada and The Cuirt in Galway, Ireland. Her first poetry collection Prayer to Imperfection was published by Burning Eye books.


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