This unique in conversation event in Athlone is part of the midlands science festival.

The Poetry of Physics, The Physics of Poetry

Date: Tuesday, November 11th at 3pm
Location: Luan Gallery, Grace Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


This unique in conversation event is part of the midlands science festival. Local broadcaster Catherine Ivers will be in conversation with Prof Iggy McGovern of Trinity College Dublin. Iggy McGovern is a poet and retired academic; he is a Fellow Emeritus in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin and has published two collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia (2005) and Safe House (2010). He edited the anthology 2012: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines, published by Dedalus Press in association with Quaternia Press, and co-edited (with Jean-Patrick Connerade) Science Meets Poetry 3, published by Euroscience. His most recent book, A Mystic Dream of 4, a sonnet sequence based on the life of William Rowan Hamilton, 19th Century Irish Mathematician & Poet, is published by Quaternia Press (2013).

Iggy McGovern’s life has been a heady mix of religion, science and poetry. The Trinity College lecturer grew up in Coleraine and, as well as studying physics at Queens University, spent two years as a student seminarian. In 1979 he came to Dublin to take up a lecturing post at Trinity and continues to teach science students there today. In 1990 he began writing poetry and in 1996 he won the Hennessy poetry award. Most recently his poems have featured in the Dart Poetry In Motion series

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