Dr Sam Illingworth is a scientist, and a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dan Simpson is a poet, performer and producer. Together they are Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson, working to produce spoken word projects that combine cutting-edge research and spoken word.
Experimental Words is one of those projects. In different cities around the UK they pair up poets with scientists and challenge them to produce unique pieces for public performance. This episode I document taking part in one of those events, and talk to Dan and Sam about their motivation for the project. I also talk to some of the poets and scientists taking part in the event.
You can find out more about Dr. Illingworth & Mr. Simpson and Experimental Words on their website. Sam’s personal site is here, Dan’s is here, and they also tweet @samillingworth and @dansimpsonpoet respectively.