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PLaCE Visiting Speaker Series 2010: Dr Alyson Hallett

Dr Alyson Hallett
PLaCE/LAND2 Speaker Series 2010
Dr Alyson Hallett
Words in stone: Words in space: Stones in place (part 2)
Thursday 16th December 2010

What happens when we enshrine words in stone and what if these worded stones are then placed in a public space? Can language inhabit air, even if it is not spoken? Is a migrating stone the original, rebellious traveller? This talk is an exploration of what happens when a poet begins working with language in a three-dimensions. Alyson will investigate the implications of taking words off the page and placing them in public places where they can begin to interact with space, light, insects and other creatures. Alyson will also draw upon her recent research into geographical intimacy and Borges’ insistence that language
‘did not come from the libraries; it came from the sea, from rivers, from night, from the dawn’ (Borges, 2000).

Alyson Hallett is currently poet-in-residence in Exeter University’s geography department in Falmouth, Cornwall (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). She has published poetry and fiction, and written drama for BBC Radio 4. Her poetry as public art includes a poem that is carved into Milsom Street pavement in Bath and her international project,
The Migration Habits of Stones

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