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An imaginative journey through the James Watt archives
23 November, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
James Watt (1736-1819), inventor of the separate condenser, the letter-copier and machines for copying sculpture, hardly seems lost. Statues and portraits abound while many museums feature James Watt displays. But the complex person is often lost in the celebration of his achievements.
Combining extensive archival research with creative imagination, Kathleen Bell has sets out to reach a greater understanding of James Watt’s life through writing a book-length sequence of poems. This sequence places Watt’s inventions in the wider context of politics, economics and world events where servants and workers also have voices and a role to play. In this talk Kathleen will speak about the discoveries she has made in her archival research and read from her work in progress, Jamie’s Book of Ingenuity.
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