Events - Festival 2019

Physics and Poetry

Thursday 8 March, 19:00 - 19:40
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Studio Theatre

Reading: Iggy McGovern, Gregory Tate

Our society’s separation of arts and science can be glimpsed on an almost daily basis, be it in the long trek between a university’s science and humanity campuses, or in funding initiatives aimed only at so-called STEM subjects. And yet arts and science have long been complements to one another, each reflecting on and developing the ideas and discoveries of the other.

Today we’ll be discovering the interconnectedness of physics and poetry with Iggy McGovern and Gregory Tate. Iggy McGovern is a professor emeritus in physics, as well as a poet whose two most recent books, The Eyes of Isaac Newton and A Mystic Dream of 4, draw broadly on maths and physics for their themes. As well as reading from his work, Iggy will be talking to Gregory Tate, who researches the connections between poetry and science, about the challenges and the joys of interlinking these two seemingly disparate disciplines.

Supported by the School of English at the University of St Andrews. StAnza 2018 is also supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

Participants: Iggy McGovern and Gregory Tate
Iggy McGovern: Pat Boran


The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close off South Street

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...