The voyage of the tin

Mary dispensed wit, wisdom and ginger snaps to her visitors over many decades. In this spirit, we convened 12 conversations, in 12 locations across the world, between philosophers and poets on themes from Midgley's work.

The conversations began with the poet reading a commissioned poem on the theme. Explore the locations to find out about the poets, philosophers and conversations that took place. And get to know Midgley's work with suggested readings on the themes.

Mary Midgley

Explore the locations

Michael Bavidge & Gillian Allnutt

15th September 2019
Michael Bavidge & Gillian Allnutt

Jane Heal & Ruth Padel

12th October 2019
Jane Heal & Ruth Padel

Rachael Wiseman & Deryn Rees-Jones

7th December 2019
Rachael Wiseman & Deryn Rees-Jones

Clare Mac Cumhaill & Sarah Howe

9th December 2019
Clare Mac Cumhaill & Sarah Howe

Christine Sypnowich & Helen Humphreys

16th January 2020
Christine Sypnowich & Helen Humphreys

Jenny Judge, Laura Mullen & Claire Chase

21st February 2020
Jenny Judge, Laura Mullen & Claire Chase

Greg McElwain, Diane Raptosh & Scott Knickerbocker

13th March 2020
Greg McElwain, Diane Raptosh & Scott Knickerbocker

István Zoltan Zardai & Yasuhiro Yotsumoto

12th December 2020, Covid-19 Reflections
István Zoltan Zardai & Yasuhiro Yotsumoto

David Macarthur & David Musgrave

9th April 2021
David Macarthur & David Musgrave

Jérôme Dokic & Alexandre Billon

4th June 2021
Jérôme Dokic & Alexandre Billon

Mara-Daria Cojocaru & Ulrike Draesner

5th July 2021, Covid-19 Reflections
Mara-Daria Cojocaru & Ulrike Draesner

Danielle Petherbridge & Nerys Williams

8th October 2021
Danielle Petherbridge & Nerys Williams

After its world voyage, the Biscuit Tin returns to Durham as part of Durham Book Festival 2021.

Clare Mac Cumhaill & Kayo Chingonyi.


17th October 2021

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Notes from a Biscuit Tin & Young Poets: Poetry and Philosophy for Confusing Times

In October 2020 we teamed up with Durham Book Festival to host a discussion between poet Gillian Allnutt, philosopher-musician Jennifer Judge, and philosopher István Zárdai to explore philosophy, poetry and story.

Durham Book Festival

The route

More from In Parenthesis

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Iris Murdoch, An Post are releasing a commemorative stamp of this iconic Dublin-born philosopher and author. An Post have partnered with In Parenthesis to bring you Philosophy by Postcard, a public philosophy project introducing #slowphilosophy and celebrating Iris Murdoch.

Postcard and font by Deborah Bower

"My postcard channels the spirit of two friends – Iris Murdoch and Mary Midgley. I came up with the piece – which is also a downloadable font! - while researching in the Midgley Archives at Durham University. There were several letters in the archive that Iris had written to Mary discussing the goings-on of their daily lives and, of course, philosophy. I loved deciphering Iris' handwriting and the uniqueness of both their handwriting as they exchanged ideas."

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