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Nobody: Alice Oswald and William Tillyer

Monday 21 May 2018, 6:45 pm8:00 pm

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has now had to be cancelled; all tickets purchased will be refunded by the How To Academy

In association with the How To Academy, The Poetry Society presents Alice Oswald, widely regarded as one of the finest living British poets in collaboration with William Tillyer, one of Britain’s most respected artists.

Nobody is a multi-media collaboration between two art forms: inspired by each other’s promptings, poet Alice Oswald and painter William Tillyer have produced a unique crossover work. Their theme is water, which they recreate in words and images – a rush of selves and other life forms.

The marine nobody at the heart of Alice Oswald’s stunning new poem is an alias of Odysseus, one of his lost selves, adrift and unable to get home. Her words are his rhapsody, a circling shoal of sea voices which ends where Homer’s epic begins.

Join us for in evening in which word and image coalesce: in which Alice Oswald will recite her poem in its entirety and William Tillyer will project the watercolours which are its swirling and luminous source.

Caught between The Odyssey and The Oresteia and not knowing either story’s conclusion, the poet goes on speaking surrounded by water. Perhaps he is only an alias of Odysseus, one of his lost selves, unable to get home. This poem is his rhapsody, a circling shoal of sea voices which ends at The Odyssey’s beginning.

Note: Poetry Society members are entitled to a 35% discount on this event – if you are a member please email [email protected] for the members’ discount code to use on the How To Academy website.

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