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Panel Discussion, Sunday 18th March, from 10am to 12 noon, Wister Center, Scott Arboretum

Sunday 18th March Panel discussion – ‘How does Signed Poetry work?’

  • What time: 10am – 12 noon
  • Where: Wister Center, Scott Arboretum

After the performance on Saturday night, this is an opportunity to explore in depth how sign language poems are composed and performed. Who knows how the discussion will go, but we may talk about

  • What are the poetic effects the poets are seeking to produce?
  • How do the poets use sign language and performance to achieve these poetic effects?
  • What language elements are important?
  • Why do the poets use those handshapes, that space, those facial expressions, that rhythm?
  • What are the themes and metaphors in the poems and how are they created?

Questions from the audience will be welcome!

Panel chair: Rachel Sutton-Spence

Panel members : Richard Carter, The Flying Words Project (Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner), Debbie Rennie, Paul Scott, Donna Williams and John Wilson

This event is free and open to all members of the public and the college community. No registration is needed and there is no reserved seating. Please note that event details may be subject to change at short notice

This event is fully accessible in ASL and spoken English, with ASL, BSL and Voice Interpreting services provided.

Swarthmore College does not permit members of the audience to film or photograph any performances. Please respect this and understand if you are asked to put away your camera or phone during performances.

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