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The Light of National Poetry Day 2015!

Yes! It’s that time of year again – the run up to the amazingly stupendous and exciting National Poetry Day, the ‘annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical’, to quote the Forward Arts Foundation, the charity committed to widening poetry’s audience.

I am one of the charity’s National Poetry Day Ambassadors.

This year the theme is Light!

My husband Peter (a film-editor) and I have been making films of people whose ways of life and jobs are connected to light reading poems incorporating light.

Each week I will be posting a couple of these films here on my blog.

This film is of Allan McCarthy, who runs Bristol Astronomical Society, reading AH Reginald Buller’s two limericks about light, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.

Professor Buller (1874-1944) was a well-known and respected mycologist and a colourful character. He is known as the Poet-Scientist. His limericks are quoted often in the field of physics.

Watch this space for more films in the coming weeks!

Thankyou very much to Allan McCarthy and A H Reginald Buller’s biographer, Dr. Gordon Goldsborough.


Poems © A. H. Reginald Buller

Film by Chew Valley Films


  1. Excellent! I knew the first one, but hadn’t heard the second.


    • Hi, Anabel! For some reason, I’m not getting alerts to comments. I didn’t know the second one, either, his biographer was kind enough to send it to me.

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  2. That is cute and, finally, it makes sense to me:)


  3. Ann

    I wasn’t aware of these, Liz, but what a great way to make science acceesible!


    • A. H. Reginald Buller wrote a lot of poetry – and he was a great patron of the arts. I do a similar thing with biology – tell children about th eanimals, rad them a poem, mix science and poetry. It works – those that like science and facts are interested, those that like poetry are interested, and everyone, nearly, likes animals!


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