'Moon Viewing' - A Postal Poetry Performance

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'Moon Viewing' - A Postal Poetry Performance

Monday 30th November, Midnight GMT


Watch the online performance here. (Peformance to be released at midnight on Monday 30th November)


TORCH is collaborating with the English Faculty, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) and DANSOX as part of the Professor of Poetry Lecture Series, to invite participants to be part of a Poetry Performance, taking place at midnight on Thursday 30th November. This event is led by Alice Oswald, current Professor of Poetry as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme. 


This event is an immersive experience. If you signed up to receive one of the limited mailed copies of the poem written by Alice Oswald, you should receive this by 30th November. At the stroke of midnight, participants are invited to open their poem and step outside to read it. Full details will be found on your mailed poem.


If you were unable to sign up for the mailed copy, instead please click the above link at midnight to enjoy a slightly different experience for the evening. The performance will be released via the TORCH Oxford YouTube channel at midnight. 


This is a global event with participants taking part from the UK, and from 19 countries worldwide across 5 continents. We would like to ask participants to respond to this event and share their experience in any format they chose – words, photos, dance, song – or simply offering questions or comments. Please use the hashtag #postalpoetryperformance or email us TORCH@humanities.ox.ac.uk or tag @TORCHOxford.


Artists and collaborators:

With thanks to Joseph Kay (composer), Estela Merlos and Thomasin Gulgec (dancers), Rocio Chacon (film-maker), Kevin Mount (designer), and Alice Oswald (poet). Thanks also to APGRD, DANSOX and the Faculty of English.


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