Updated: Thursday, 24th July 2014 @ 12:34pm

'Fascinating' poetry competition held for Manchester university science and engineering students

'Fascinating' poetry competition held for Manchester university science and engineering students

By Owen Williams

Science and engineering students at The University of Manchester had the opportunity to show a more artistic side to their character in a recent poetry competition.

There were 166 entries submitted to the organisers, Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Dr Peter Fenn and John Mcauliffe from the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.

These were then narrowed down 35 which were judged by poets Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon this week.

“Reading the poems was fascinating,” said Mr Mcauliffe. “Science and wonder combined in the best poems.”

Peter Thompson, a 21-year-old Physics student from Liverpool, won with his untitled poem:

We catalogue the agents of our kind,
We grind the lens, bring focus to our fears,
With Feynman lines and spirals map the mind,
Still burning is the flame of that idea,

Once stole in fennel stalk from ancient night,
To read the mind of god beneath its light.

Mr Mcauliffe added that many entries showed off their authors individual interests and how that shapes their studies of science and engineering.

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