Chemistry and Poetry

Overview

Are you interesting in blending poetry and the chemical sciences (looking at examples from literature, nature, and contemporary writing)?  

Perhaps you align yourself with the notion that chemistry and poetry can only partially describe the world around us when pursued on their own? We will explore the exciting combination of both these disciplines in this day school, and we will study the work of example chemist-poets and poet-chemists. Perhaps you think of poetry and the chemistry as two different languages? We will explore how they can both inform and help each other!

Students will be encouraged to craft poems using molecular themes of interest (no specialised scientific knowledge will be required). The tutor will demonstrate with some published examples from his own work. Space will be assigned to workshop-style sessions to facilitate discussion and the inventive process. Consequently, students will be able to produce pieces of work to take home and reflect upon. 

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 6 March 2024.

Programme details

9.45am:
Registration at Rewley House reception

10am:
Examples of combining poetry and the chemical sciences

11.15am:
Tea/coffee break

11.45am:
Exploring molecular themes (with poem examples)

1pm:
Lunch break

2pm:
Workshop part 1: setting the scene for writing your own poems

3.15pm:
Tea/coffee break

3.45pm:
Workshop part 2: writing your own poems

5pm:
End of day

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee (includes tea/coffee) £99.00
Baguette Lunch £6.50
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £17.60

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutor

Dr Stephen Paul Wren

Dr Stephen Paul Wren studied at Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and worked in industry for many years. He transitioned back into academia at Oxford (St Hilda’s College) before joining Kingston University in 2018 where he works as a Senior lecturer in pharmaceutical chemistry.

His book ‘Formulations’ (co-written with Dr Miranda Lynn Barnes) was published by Small Press in 2022. His book 'A Celestial Crown of Sonnets' (co-written with Dr Sam Illingworth) was published by Penteract Press in 2021. Also, Stephen's poetry has
appeared in places such as 14 magazine, Marble Broadsheet, Consilience, Tears in the Fence and Dreich magazine.

Application

Please use the 'Book' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form. 

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.