Gala Studio, Durham
Date & Time
17th October 2021
Information for guests
This event was part of Durham Book Festival 2021
Clare Mac Cumhaill
Join poet Kayo Chingonyi and philosopher Clare Mac Cumhail for an exploration of Chingonyi’s new highly acclaimed collection A Blood Condition and of the philosophy of the late and brilliant Newcastle philosopher and environmentalist Mary Midgley as part of Notes from a Biscuit Tin. The discussion will begin with him presenting a newly commissioned poem inspired by themes in Midgley’s work.
Midgely argued that philosophy is most necessary when badly functioning concepts cluster together to form a myth or image that dominates our thinking, obscures our vision, and gets in the way of our living together well. When this happens – and it is surely happening now – philosophers need the assistance of poets to develop new metaphors that help us see more clearly and reimagine things better.
Notes from a Biscuit Tin is a year-long voyage connecting philosophers and poets in celebration of the vision of Midgley. Waylaid by the events of the past year, and having seen out the lockdown in Tokyo, Midgley’s biscuit tin returns home to Durham packed with the poems it has collected throughout its journey around the globe.
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Midgley, M. and Hughes, J. (1983)
London: George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited, p.167-84