Poetry Centre

Science Bazaar 2012

  • science-bazaar-1In March 2012, the Poetry Centre inaugurated its new collaboration with local scientists, and exploration of the relations between the images and languages of poetry and science, by supporting a stall at the Brookes Science Bazaar, which was held at the Gipsy Lane campus on 17th March, and organized by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. You can find full details about all the activities at this year’s Bazaar here.

    science-bazaar-2The stall encouraged visitors to the Science Bazaar to consider poetry as one way of articulating the scientific innovation which they had witnessed at the event. We particularly encouraged younger visitors to do this, by running activities to inspire them, hosting readings by the poet Peter Wyton, and holding a poetry competition where all schoolchildren could submit a poem reflecting their experience at the event. The poems were judged by Professor Steven Matthews, Director of the Poetry Centre, and Dr. Andrew Lack, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences. The seven winning poets were presented with their prizes by the poet Fiona Sampson at the ‘Science Writes to Life’ event at the Pegasus Theatre on 11th May.

    The winning poems and poets were:

  • My Day Out

    Today I went to a science fair
    Where I saw a cockroach’s lair.
    I also met a Dinosaur,
    Whose teeth sat in its awesome jaw.
    The Olympic rings held my fingerprints,
    And I learnt all about noisy mints.
    I built a model of spaghetti and marshmallow
    (The pollen under the microscope was bright yellow).
    Did you know one of the five senses is to see?
    I hope my teachers will be proud of me.

    by Abby Wright (8)
    FIRST PRIZE WINNER
  • Electric Haiku

    The electrons flow:
    Rushing through wires, there they go,
    Lighting up the lamp.

    Battery, lamp and wire.
    All of these things you might need
    To make your circuit.

    Buzzers you may use.
    Don’t go away and snooze:
    Batteries do run out.

    by Victoria Brain (9)
    SECOND PRIZE WINNER
  • A Day Out

    I have seen the ladybirds and the bees.
    I got painted like a butterfly.
    My DNA bracelet is sparkly.
    I made a medal and it matches my wellies.

    by Connie Gordon (3 ½)
    FIRST PRIZE WINNER
  • Fake Plague

    We read it on the paper,
    So we walked up to the desk,
    And we asked the boil maker
    Which boil was the best.

    She gave us a selection.
    The plague was our choice,
    So we sat on the chair
    Soothed by her voice.

    Once she had finished,
    We went back to lunch,
    But the boils made us sick:
    We couldn’t bear to munch!

    by Harriet and Mary (11)
    FIRST PRIZE WINNERS
  • The Super Science Fair

    There’s nothing Brookes cannot teach ya
    About the life cycle of the mini-creature,
    Proving science is so much fun,
    Especially if you learn it while eating a bun.

    The plague was gruesome if quite smelly:
    My mum’s got a boil on her belly!
    To save the planet don’t just talk:
    For all short journeys remember to walk!

    It was a great day, I had a wheeze,
    Can you do it again, next year, please?

    by Sam Thomas (10)
    SECOND PRIZE WINNER
  • Follow the Fossil Footprints

    Follow the fossil footprints,
    Measure from heel to toe,
    Find out how fast a dino went –
    Did it go fast or slow?

    Watch their pendulum action,
    Discover their running cadence,
    Identify their claw-like traction,
    Predict their speedy violence!

    FOLLOW THE FOSSIL FOOTPRINTS!!!!

    by Luke Kandiah (11)
    THIRD PRIZE WINNER