A poem by Bethan Nutting, second-year English with Creative Writing student, has been published on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory’s blog here.
As part of the second-year Creative Writing module, “Using Stories,” students are encouraged to explore the relationship between science and writing, and to use theories and concepts from science as starting-points for their writing. This year, the module included a guest lecture by Dr. Ian Whittaker from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and a reading by Rod Duncan, speculative fiction writer. In one of the workshops, students were encouraged to write “found poetry” based on some of the remarkable findings of NASA’s X-Ray Observatory in Harvard, Chandra. Following this, we ran a competition in partnership with staff at NASA-Chandra to find the best student poem based on their groundbreaking discoveries.
The winner of this competition is Bethan Nutting, with her beautiful poem “Stellar Homicide.” Her winning poem is now published on NASA-Chandra’s hugely popular website here. The original press release from NASA-Chandra, which formed the source material for the poem, can be read here. Congratulations to Bethan!