Modern Poets on Viking Poetry is part of a pilot cultural engagement scheme initiated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is based at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, alongside its sister project Kennings in the Community.

Modern Poets on Viking Poetry aims to extend the skaldic aesthetic into the creative consciousness of contemporary poets, nurturing a dialogue between academic research and modern poetic practice through the collaborative, cultural translation of skaldic poetry.

Kennings in the Community seeks to produce resources for creative writing workshops based on the kenning, an idiosyncratic poetic device used in Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon poetry. KiC aims not only to nurture a wider public interest in skaldic metaphor, but to encourage people to create their own kennings relevant to their everyday experience, thereby prompting them to question and re-imagine the way our culture conceptualises the world.

For further details contact Debbie Potts at dp358@cam.ac.uk

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