Launch of Light Box

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Professor Robert Crawford FRSE
Norman McBeath

International Year of Light Launch in Scotland

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Take a poet who has written a lot about light and a photographer who says that his black and white pictures are “all about light,” and the result is an extraordinary project called Light Box – a collection of haikus inspired by the wonders of light, and photographs which tell the same story. Because the poet also has an interest in science (including optoelectronics) and is a Professor at the University of St Andrews, working with a photographer well known for his portraits, it also makes sense for the work to include poetic sketches and portraits of scientists working in the Organic Semiconductor Optoelectronics research group at St Andrew’s.

Add three poets studying for their MLitt in Creative Writing at the same university, who have written poems in collaboration with photographers and scientists working on various projects connected with light, and you have the formula for an enlightening and entertaining evening at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Light Box is a collaboration between poet Robert Crawford (Professor of Modern Scottish Literature and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry in the School of English at St Andrew’s) and Norman McBeath, a photographer whose work focuses on people and places, including 60 portraits in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh.


University of St Andrews
Norman McBeath

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