How Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark – project info

August 6, 2021

June has inherited her great-aunt’s notes on the secret joys of night-time gardening. She’s keen to give it a try. But the shrubbery is a forbidding place in the dark, the sky is full of clouds and a ghostly group of women astronomers seems to have taken up residence in the potting shed…

How Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark, written by Christine Watkins was originally commissioned by Ledbury Poetry Festival in celebration of International Year of Astronomy. It was performed by Christine Watkins and Erica Grant with an accompanying talk on poetry and astronomy by internationally-renowned astrophysicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, inlcuding readings from the new anthology of astronomy poems, Dark Matter (ed. Maurice Riordan and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation).

Honeysuckle Direction was awarded further funding from The Science and Techonology Facilities Council to tour the production to three further venues in 2010.

INTECH Science centre Winchester  Sept 11th 7pm tickets £10

Birmingham Thinktank Millenium Point Sept 23rd 7pm tickets £10

National Maritime Museum Greenwich  November 29th 7pm tickets £10 (£8 concessions)