Daydreaming in the City

27th November 2016 15:00
2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
This micro-festival explores daydreaming and poetic states of mind, and features an eclectic programme of spoken word performance, talks, music, film and a live immersive audio experience from In the Dark Radio. Presented by live poetry producer, Poet in the City in collaboration with Hubbub, a collective of social scientists, artists, researchers and mental health experts in residence at the Wellcome Trust.

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Daydreams: History, Poetry and Performance: Talk by Felicity Callard with performances from Hubbub Poets Emma Bennett and James Wilkes

Professor Felicity Callard is Reader in Social Science for Medical Humanities. An interdisciplinary researcher, her current focus as Group Leader of Hubbub has been to facilitate conversations and projects on the theme of rest and the subterranean history of daydreaming.

Dr James Wilkes is a poet and Associate Director of Hubbub. His recent work has been created by writing through Renaissance chansons, a kind of translation that opens itself up to a stream of chance encounters with past and present.

Emma Bennett is a writer and performance artist whose work for presents work that explores what happens when the wandering inner voice makes itself heard out loud.

2.30pm – 3.00pm: Helen Mort – Running and the City

Helen Mort’s first full collection, Division Street, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013, and shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize. Her collection No Map Could Show Them explores the relationship between routes, paths and poetry. Her blog, Poetry on the Brain, details her research into the connections between contemporary poetry and neuroscience.

3.00pm – 3.30pm: Siddhartha Bose - The Digital City

Siddhartha Bose is a poet, playwright, academic and theatre-maker based in Hackney, London. He has written and performed three works for theatre: Kalagora, London's Perverted Children (2012) and The Shroud. His collection Digital Monsoon explores the role of the poet in an automated world.

4pm – 5.30pm: The City Unfurled: Urban Diversions with Inua Ellams, Lauren Elkin, Jon Day and Morag Rose

Poet and founder of the Midnight Run Inua Ellams, cyclegeographer Jon Day, modern day flâneuse Lauren Elkin and founder of Manchester’s Loiterer’s Resistance Movement Morag Rose, traverse the city through poetry and mindwandering to consider alternative ways of experiencing our urban environments.

Inua Ellams has published three pamphlets of poetry, staged his plays at the National Theatre, and is the founder of the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion.

Lauren Elkin is the author of Flâneuse, a cultural history of women writers and artists who have found personal freedom as well as inspiration by engaging with cities on foot.

Jon Day is a writer and academic. A lecturer in English and the Medical Humanities at King's College London, his book, Cyclogeography is a philosophical memoir about the three years he spent as a London bicycle courier.

Morag Rose an anarcho-flâneuse and founder of the Loiterer’s Resistance Movement, a Manchester based collective interested in psychogeography and the hidden stories of the city. Based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at The University of Sheffield, her research focuses on gender, public space and pedestrian methodologies.

6.15-6.45pm: In the Dark (in the cinema and included in film ticket)

Close your eyes and open your ears as radio collective In The Dark take us on a sonic journey into the wandering mind. This listening event (like a film screening, but without the pictures) will draw on audio, radio and sound art from around the world, past and present, to examine the way that our inner worlds have been portrayed through sound.

6.45pm – 8.15pm: Orphée, Jean Cocteau

Cocteau’s classic retelling of Orpheus follows the poet Orphée and and Princess Death as they journey into the underworld, in this story which investigates the power of the arts to divert and distract from human experience. Cocteau at his dazzling best.

This event takes place at Manchester's HOME.
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