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Friday 19 July 19:00 free

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Civic House, 26 Civic Street Glasgow, G4 9RH

Join Maria Sledmere and Kevin Leomo for an evening at Civic House, where they’ll present creative output from their recent Project Somnolence residency – expect spoken word, poetry, field recordings, ambience, lying down, dreaming, and somnolent-theme cocktails and mocktails!

Project Somnolence is a portable lab for encouraging curiosity, reflection and speculative approaches to sleep in the past, present and future. Everyone sleeps and is affected by sleep, but we don’t all sleep the same. Sleep inequalities are associated with differences in class, gender and environmental factors. Project Somnolence utilises methodologies from English, Creative Writing, Music and Psychology to bring fresh perspectives in addressing the urgent and global crisis of sleep.

Dr Maria Sledmere is an early career researcher, Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde and Managing Editor of SPAM Press. Her latest poetry collection Cinders (Krupskaya 2024) concerns the relationship between petromelancholia, femininity, fire, labour and space. A monograph on anthropocene poethics, impossibility and dreaming, Midsummer Song (Hypercritique)is forthcoming from NoUP Press in late 2024. With Rhian Williams, she co-edited the anthology the weird folds: everyday poems from the anthropocene (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2020).

Dr Kevin Leomo is a practitioner of experimental music, the Community and Engagement for the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Glasgow, and Chair of Sound Thought. Kevin manages The Dear Green Bothy and Thinking Culture programmes and is a co-lead for the Laboratory for Civic Arts Research. His practice involves collaboration, improvisation, critical listening practices, non-standard notation, and working cross-culturally.

Presented by The Dear Green Bothy, College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Glasgow and Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde.