A timely post for National Poetry Day … Sounds of Science was a fantastic competition created by a subject librarian at the University of Bradford, Kirsty Carver, as part of the 2011 Bradford Science Festival. This helpful article by Kirsty in SCONUL Focus explains how the project was put together and what lessons were learned. The inspiration came from a previous project which inspired Kirsty and which she took in a new direction. This is so often the way, as with our own 100 Objects which goes from strength to strength, more of which another time. Here are the winners reading their poems.
I’m writing about Sounds of Science because it illustrates so many important things to remember in these challenging times: the value of creative thinking, of trying new things which may seem to be outside core work but which actually feed into it in exciting ways, and above all of bringing together and drawing on the skills of colleagues and contacts. Kirsty’s article shows how the library and arts and marketing colleagues all helped to make this project work. It also shows that worthwhile and enjoyable things can be created on a shoestring if ideas and enthusiasm are there.