Weekly news roundup

Another week has flown by at Being Human HQ. We have been busy here and, judging by our Twitter stream, people have been busy right across the country, too!

In honour of the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, this week has taken a poetic turn. We kicked things off on Monday with Thomas’s 100th birthday, which we marked with a fantastic new blog by the University of Swansea’s Dr Elaine Canning. Swansea is Thomas’s home town, and this blog reflected on how events organised across the city will be ‘Rediscovering Dylan’ between the 15-23 Nov. Look out for Dylan Live—a ‘bilingual performance tracing Dylan Thomas’ trips to New York through jazz, beat poetry, hip-hop, spoken word and film’.

We’ve been having some poetry fun on Twitter, too. Courtesy of the Library of Birmingham and the team behind the AHRC-funded Translation and Translanguaging project, we had two tickets to give away to the exclusive Translating Voice workshop with Simon Armitage on 16 November. These are gold dust for any poetry fan, and to win them we challenged people to translate poems into emoticons and tweet them back to us. The results are fantastic and can be seen @BeingHumfest on the hashtag #emojipoems.

Out across the country people have been busily blogging, tweeting and releasing tantalising details about rapidly approaching Being Human events. In Glasgow the team behind Only Human asked ‘what can frogs tell us about Being Human’, and promised to give us the answer on 15 November. The Open University tweeted about Ancient Fragments, a new performance based on unearthed bits and pieces of classical texts, while in Manchester the team behind The Tensions of Modernity announced the launch of their new exhibition exploring modernism in Italy, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. On a more slightly gnomic note the ChickenCoop team called for contributions to a ‘Digital Chicken Show’ as part of their of their event ‘Chicken Nuggets: A History of the World in 100 egs’ at Vindolanda on 16  November. Check out the Science in Culture blog for details.

From poetry to poultry, it has been a busy week. We’re off to celebrate Halloween now with a big stack of spooky humanities books and a magic potion or two. Have a bewitching and thoroughly human weekend.

Michael Eades,

Festival Curator