06 Dec 2015
7am - 9:30pm
210 East Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1BG
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Can poetry help lead us to a more sustainable conception of ourselves? Find out with multi-award winning poet Mario Petrucci. Petrucci will read an eco-conscious selection of poems and screen the short film Amazonia, commissioned by the Natural History Museum.
Can poetry help lead us to a more sustainable conception of ourselves? Be prepared to find out, as you immerse yourself in the sounds and colours of the Peruvian rainforest with poet Mario Petrucci.
Multi-award-winning poet, ecologist and physicist, Mario Petrucci is renowned for his groundbreaking poetry projects and powerfully engaging books. Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, he composed the Arvon-winning Heavy Water, a collection that became a rare bestseller for poetry and, more significantly, foreshadowed Fukushima.
War, science and the environment deeply inform Petrucci’s work, themes that converge to full effect in Flowers of Sulphur,"an inspiriting, bracing book" that “displays the extraordinary variety of this poet: his scientific and political commitments, his sharply physical response to the world of the senses, his unsentimental embrace" (The Warwick Review).
For this event, Petrucci reads an eco-conscious selection of those poems, and also screens the short poetry film Amazonia, commissioned by the Natural History Museum. The mesmerising imagery and sounds of this unique film, recorded during a scientific expedition through the Peruvian rainforest, converse with Petrucci's stirring, evocative writing. Both book and film convey piercing perspectives on Climate Change, and there will be ample opportunity to discuss them with the poet during the evening itself. 100 seats. All ages.
Pivotal encourages people to embrace positive change through creating events which combine the arts with top thinkers in the areas of environmental and social change. We work with professional and community artists and groups, inviting the power of participation to help bring about change.
We start from the position that change is occuring, that human behaviour is a key driver of that change, and that it is possible to make positive, community oriented choices which could turn our trajectory from one of environmental destruction and global inequality to one of re-ordered priorities and renewed cohesion.
We aim to be non-political and realistic, and to focus on positive, non-violent routes to change.