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‘To breathe ourselves into some other lungs’

Tue 18 July 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm BST

18 July 2017, Oxford

If you were unable to join Breathe Oxford and Life of Breath in the upstairs room of the Oxford Retreat Pub for a poetry reading, focused on the relationship between poetry and breathing, you can read a write-up of the event here.

Poet Gregory Leadbetter and scientist and poet Sarah Watkinson will be reading from their own work, alongside award-winning travel writer Elsa Hammond (currently studying for a PhD in Romantic and Victorian poetry) and Kate Binnie, a writer and music therapist who often works with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients in palliative care. Kate will also share a recording of ‘First and Last Breath’, a compilation of breathing sounds.

Members of the audience are encouraged to bring along poems to read (of their own if they so wish), relevant to the theme of breathing. The pub serves both drinks and food, so you won’t go thirsty or hungry! There is no charge for this event, but please register online.

The evening is part of an exciting new collaboration between Life of Breath and Breathe Oxford, a group of neuroscientists who research how breathing and breathlessness is represented in the brain. The title of the event comes from Dr. Jen Thorp’s lyrics to our choral commission Under the Surface, which you can read about on the Life of Breath blog.


Tue 18 July 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
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Life of Breath
Breathe Oxford


The Oxford Retreat
1-2 Hythe Bridge Street
Oxford, OX1 2EW United Kingdom