'Moon Viewing' - A Postal Poetry Performance

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Supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the
future   Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.


Moon Viewing - A Postal Poetry Performance with Alice Oswald

Monday 30th November, Midnight (UK time)




TORCH is collaborating with the English Faculty, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) and DANSOX as part of the Professor of Poetry Lecture Series, to invite participants to be part of a Poetry Performance, taking place at midnight (UK time) on Monday 30th November. This event is led by Alice Oswald, current Professor of Poetry as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme. 


This event is an immersive experience. If you signed up to receive one of the limited mailed copies of the poem written by Alice Oswald, you should receive this by 30th November. At the stroke of midnight (UK time), participants are invited to open their poem and step outside to read it. Full details will be found on your mailed poem. If you were unable to sign up for the mailed copy, instead please click link below at midnight GMT on 30th November to enjoy a slightly different experience. 


The performance to accompany this event will be released by TORCH at midnight GMT on Monday 30th November - please watch here.

Please note that the Moon Viewing and the release of the performance recording are scheduled for midnight (UK time) on Monday 30th November. To participate outside of the UK you may wish to particate at midnight local time on 30th November instead. 


This event is part of the Moon Viewing project - see the website here.


We would love to hear from you:

This is a global event with participants taking part from the UK, and from 19 countries worldwide across 5 continents. We would like to ask participants to respond to this event and share their experience in any format they chose – words, photos, dance, song – or simply offering questions or comments. Please use the hashtag #postalpoetryperformance or email us TORCH@humanities.ox.ac.uk.


Artists and collaborators:

With thanks to Joseph Kay (composer), Estela Merlos and Thomasin Gulgec (dancers), Rocio Chacon (film-maker), Kevin Mount (designer), and Alice Oswald (poet). Thanks also to APGRD, DANSOX and the Faculty of English.


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Privacy Statement:

By signing up to this event and/or supplying your address by email, you agree to us sending you a printed poem by post. We will not use your data for any other purpose than to send you the mailout. Your data will only be shared with those individuals within the TORCH team who are involved in mailing out the items. We will not share your data with a third party and you can email us at anytime on torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk to ask us to delete your data. We will store your data securely and will delete your data within one calendar month of the end of the event. If you would like further information, please contact us on: torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk