Poetry and the Brain
day exploration of the springs of poetry
introduced on stage and co-ordinated
with the fundamental musical and linguistic structures of
the brain this Festival will explore the evolution of language
into consciousness and the flowering of poetry and music
in human cultures. This one-day event, through live talks
and performance, will present a unique combination of science
and art that we hope we will illuminate poetic creation.
With poets, musicians and scientists working together we
believe we may open doors onto a new perception of the deep
session will include a time for questions from the audience
Evolution of Language
and Producing Music and Language:
A Neuroscientific View.
of the current understanding of the brain basis of singing,
speaking, music listening, language understanding, and music
and language improvisation.
Larry Parsons, University of Sheffield
Parsons has presented lectures all over the world on language/music
and the brain topics.
Archaeology of the Mind
at how language and music co-evolved during human evolution,
and relate to the emergence of
consciousness and culture
Steven Mithen, University of Reading
Mithen's books include 'The Prehistory of the Mind' (1996).
His latest publication is 'The Singing Neanderthals: The
Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body'.
- A Language too Precise for Words
of musical 'language'
great violinist, who presented the TV series 'Music and
the Mind' has a particular interest in how music makes its
effects on the brain.
Language a Kind of Music?
and musicality in babies.
Bob Turner, University College London
Turner is credited with developing Functional Magnetic Imaging
. He has a particular knowledge of the role of music in
- 7.00 pm
Rhythms of Life
of new works by participants in the previous week's workshops.
Hosted by our in house poets.
rhythms and sound of poetry -
poet discusses her work
poet and scholar Ruth Padel's latest book is 'Tigers in
Padel performs her own poetry
Barley and his group
will explore, and add their own associations to, the music
of these wonderful poems: witness
a new work in the making.
Matthew Barley with his ensemble 'Between the Notes' has
performed around the world in an astonishing variety of
collaborations as well as performing as a solo artist.