Poetry and Hope for MND

Poster for Poetry and Hope for MND featuring a woman standing at a podium reading a poem

August 2021: Our online Edinburgh Fringe event, Poetry and Hope for MND, premiered on YouTube on Sunday.

This unique online event was an exciting collaboration of music, poetry, and science that celebrates creativity, hope, and life. It brought together people living with MND, researchers working to find new treatments, and talented poets and musicians.

Filmed at the historic St Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh, it featured moving poetry with bespoke musical accompaniment, framed by vignettes from cutting-edge research scientists at the Euan MacDonald Centre.

Watch the recording here

The event premiered on Sunday 22nd August 2021 and will remain available here and on the Edinburgh Neuroscience YouTube channel. The event is approximately 45 minutes long.

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Created and Directed by Maria Stavrou (MRC Clinical Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh)

Hosted by Lady Joyce Caplan

Poems read by Georgi Gill

Poets: Kate Durie, Judy Newton, Ian Lev

Clarsach: Siannie Moodie

Piano: Sarah Smith

Fiddle: Lori Watson

Museums Service Manager: Ruthanne Baxter

Learning and Engagement Curator at St Cecilia's Hall: Sarah Deters

Additional Materials by Euan MacDonald, Donald MacDonald, Alice Smith, Suvankar Pal

Produced by Fiona Gray with Alison Irving, Rebecca Devon, Chloe Kippen, Jane Haley, Siddharthan Chandran, Director of the Euan MacDonald Centre

Videography and Editing by Rae Manger, Sanctus Media Ltd.

,Music: "Ossian" by Siannie Moodie. "Shesha - Shayi Vishnu" first movement of Quattro Illustrazioni by Giacinto Scelsi, "Tha Mi Sgìth", traditional Scottish Gaelic

This article was published on: Wednesday, August 25, 2021