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National Poetry Day event: Sunspots

02 Oct 2015

Friday 9 October, 7.30pm, at the Martin Harris Centre.


Celebrate National Poetry Day at the Martin Harris Centre with Sunspots, a poetic, musical, and visual journey from the birth of the Sun, through its long and eventful life, towards its ultimate death.

Is the Sun a god, a man, a woman, or simply a giant ball of hydrogen? Why does it tell fibs about its favourite painters? Is the Sun afraid of dying? Does it get depressed? And what does it REALLY think about us, and the solar system it is bound to care for?

Simon Barraclough (Poet in residence at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory) is your guide on a journey that mixes fact, fiction, horror, humour and joy. This hour-long show fuses words, film and songs that vary in style from the infectiously poppy to the broodingly intense. Simon (words, music, vocals, trumpet), Oliver Barrett (music, instruments and arrangements) and Jack Wake-Walker (film) have created an exciting and moving experience that reinvigorates and reimagines out neighbourhood star.

"Simon Barraclough illuminates solar science with a poet's gaze. Sunspots is a love letter from the third planet to it's parent star" - Marek Kukula Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich.

To book:

Tickets are priced at £6 and are available from:

  • The Martin Harris Box Office 0161 275 8951 (2-4pm weekdays)

Further information: