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Alice Oswald: Nobody

Nature Unwrapped

Fri 17 Jan
Contemporary

Alice Oswald: Nobody

Nature Unwrapped

Please note that Chris Watson, our Artist in Residence for Nature Unwrapped, has created a sound calendar of environments from the northern hemisphere. Ahead of this show, you will be hearing sounds from The Wash in East Anglia. Come half an hour before the performance to enjoy the installation in Hall One. Your ticket is required.


Alice Oswald is our great living poet of nature. Her Nobody is a collage of water-stories, taken mostly from the Odyssey – about a minor character, abandoned on a stony island. Rather than a translation, it is a close inspection of the sea that surrounds him, its presiding spirit Proteus, the shape-shifting sea-god.

Listening to Alice Oswald’s poem Nobody is like watching the ocean: we slip our earthly moorings and follow the circling shoal of sea voices into a mesh of sound and light and water. As with all of Oswald’s work, this is poetry made for the human voice, and this live performance by the poet herself in combination with music by Ansuman Biswas, who performs on the aquaphone, offers a profound, unforgettable experience.

Date & start time:Fri 17 Jan – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One

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