'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'
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. In this special Sick City Talk, recorded in the Poetry Library, the Pocket Horizon poets read extracts from the anthology, and artist Cassie Herschel-Shorland talks about the pleasures and challenges of making illustrations for the anthology.
Valley Press – one of the most spirited and independent poetry presses – will be publishing the anthology in October, and we’ll be giving a series of readings and events to mark the launch. The first of these will be a Science Museum Late on 30th October, in which we’ll be sharing the stage with the excellent Simon Barraclough (who’ll be reading from his latest collection, Neptune Blue).
(And a pocket horizon, since you ask, is a device used in navigation, to enable sextant sightings to be made when the natural horizon is obscured by fog or glare.)
You can listen to & download the podcast using the embedded player below, or (if you prefer) you can go straight to the Sick City Project page on Soundcloud. This is the ninth in a regular series of podcasts, in which I explore the history, literature, art and science of medicine in London (and occasionally further abroad). Keep an ear out for future talks, and do drop us a line if you have suggestions for speakers or subjects.