Nuffield Council on Bioethics in collaboration with Apples and Snakes
(un)natural – a poetry competition exploring ideas about naturalness
If something is unnatural, does that make it bad or wrong? What does natural mean anyway?
Unpacking what different people mean when they describe something as natural or unnatural could help us to have more constructive conversations about developments in science and technology. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Apples and Snakes are calling on poets from across the UK to help us to explore ideas about naturalness in a creative way.
We are looking for poems that explore, delve into and reveal the meaning of the words natural, unnatural, nature and similar words in the context of debates about science, technology and medicine. What do people mean when they say genetic modification is wrong because it’s unnatural, or food that is natural is better for you?
We want to share these poems to engage others in the conversation, so we are looking for poets to perform their work at a public event in London on Monday 30th November 2015.
Read more about why we’re looking into ideas about naturalness and download the Competition background information.
How to enter
Entrants should submit a poem of 250 words maximum. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 1st November 2015.
Full terms and conditions available here: www.nuffieldbioethics.org/poetry
A judging panel will select a winner and at least two runners-up from 25 long-listed entries.
- Maria Ferguson, Apples and Snakes
- Kayo Chingonyi, poet and writer
- Tom Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
- Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh
- At least one paid performance of their poem at a public event on naturalness on Monday 30th November 2015 in London
- A professionally-filmed video of this performance to be published on the Apples and Snakes and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics websites
- A one-to-one advice session with Apples and Snakes for the winning entry.