Moon Viewing Project


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Project Lead:

Professor Ros Ballaster

Mansfield College; Faculty of English




Partner Organisations:

Faculty of English

Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD)




About the project:

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, 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 the above link at midnight to enjoy a slightly different experience for the evening. The performance will be released via the TORCH Oxford YouTube channel at midnight. 


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.


Artists and collaborators:

Professor Alice Oswald - Professor of Poetry, Faculty of English

Joseph Kay (composer),

Estela Merlos (dancer)

Thomasin Gulgec (dancers)

Rocio Chacon (film-maker)

Kevin Mount (designer)





Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.