'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'
Over the last month I’ve been working with the poet Kelley Swain and her group – the Nevada Street Poets – on a new project which mixes poetry with science, medicine and history. Pocket Horizon is an anthology of new poems inspired by objects in the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge and Wellcome Collection in London. Our first workshop took place at the Whipple Museum in January, and was led by Don Paterson, the Forward Prize, Whitbread Poetry Prize and TS Eliot Prize-winning poet. We’ll be holding another workshop at Wellcome Collection later this month, and I’m delighted to say that Valley Press – one of the most spirited and independent poetry presses – will be publishing the anthology, which will also feature pen-and-ink illustrations of each object by Cassie Herschel-Shorland.
All being well, Pocket Horizon will be published in the autumn, and we’ll be giving a series of readings and events to mark the launch. I’m also planning a special Sick City Talk featuring readings from each of the poets who’ve contributed to the project. (A pocket horizon, by the way, is a device used in navigation, to enable sextant sightings to be made when the natural horizon is obscured by fog or glare.)