Notes from a Biscuit Tin

Next stop...

Liverpool

Philosopher: Rachael Wiseman
Poet: Deryn Rees Jones
Liverpool, Sat 7 December 2019

London

Philosopher: Clare Mac Cumhaill
Poet: Sarah Howe
London, Mon 9 December 2019

The voyage of the tin

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

The conversation will begin with the poet reading a commissioned poem on the theme. Find out about the poets, philosophers and conversations happening near you. You can also find month-by-month 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

April 2020 (TBC)
István Zoltan Zardai & Yasuhiro Yotsumoto

David MacArthur & Dave Musgrave

May 2020 (TBC)
David MacArthur & Dave Musgrave

Jérôme Dokic & Alexandre Billon

June 2020 (TBC)
Jérôme Dokic & Alexandre Billon

Mara-Daria Cojocaru & Ulrike Draesner

16th July 2020
Mara-Daria Cojocaru & Ulrike Draesner

Danielle Petherbridge & Nerys Williams

18th September 2020
Danielle Petherbridge & Nerys Williams

After its world voyage the Biscuit Tin will return to the Midgley Archive at Durham University in time for the Durham Book Festival. 

Durham Book Festival

The route

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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."