Manchester Science Festival

Old wives tales?

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Some of the Materia Medica jars have been dusted off and used for a creative writing session as part of the Manchester Science Festival 2014. Many lovely people turned up for the event and used the jars as inspiration to write some poetry. Here are some of the poems that were produced:

 

Cancer Defeated by Nick Duffy

Radioactive

Energy

Medical

Experiment

Defeated

You

 

The Old Ways: Alternatives by Diane Duffy

 What is left of the old ways?

 Old wives’ tales,

                                                     Old wives.

 Shrivelled nature dried under glass,

 Decayed matter on a shelf.

                                                      On the shelf

The woman and her cures become one

 A metaphor for the past.

                                                   Alternatives?

 Alternative – no alternative.

 Wise woman translated into WITCH.

                                                  Which to choose?

 Now we have a choice!

 

The Materia Medica by Jemma Houghton

Down the spiral staircase

Through that old wooden door

Find yourself in a magical place

Strange looking jars from ceiling to floor

 

Through that old wooden door

Big jars, little jars, flat and tall too

Strange looking jars from ceiling to floor

Look them up and see what they do

 

Big jars, little jars, flat and tall too

Find yourself in a magical place

Look them up and see what they do

Down the spiral staircase

 

Thank you to poet Tony Sheppard, for running an interesting session, and to all who turned up to the event.

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Jars from the Materia Medica
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Information about historic and current uses
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Creative writers looking at jars

 

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Writing creatively with help from poet Tony Sheppard