Heather Phillipson
Raymond Antrobus

Discussing ‘the body’ as a locus for speaking, writing, feeling, listening and making.

Raymond Antrobus is a poet and educator. His diverse work ranges from sign language to video. He explores hearing, heritage and a search for ‘missing sounds’ by drawing on vernacular speech, multi-cultural histories and the physiology of listening. Heather Phillipson is an artist and poet. She works across sculpture, video, music, drawing and digital media. Her ‘quantum thought experiments’ explore our entanglement in ecosystems and the fragility of our ideas about them. Together, they discussed ‘the body’ as a locus for speaking, writing, feeling, listening and making.

Each Public Event was an open conversation. So we could start those conversations with some shared understanding of how each speaker has explored the cross-overs between sculpture and poetry in relation to their event's topic, we asked them to suggest a recent project for preparatory watching/reading/listening.

Heather Phillipson suggested her audio-collage Volta, which accompanied her Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, London, 2020:

Raymond Antrobus suggested an experimental documentary about closed captions, which he made for the BBC Radio 4 series 'Inventions in Sound' in 2021:

Click here to watch an expanded audio-visual version of the documentary via iPlayer (UK residents only), courtesy of the BBC.

Commissioned WritingCorridor8

The Body Feeling

Read in Full

An experimental mix of essay and poems, images and audio, exploring the affectivity of ASMR, by Callan Waldron-Hall.

Responsive commissions supported by Arts Council England.

Related Resources


Latest Poetry Book

Info page and extract from Heather Phillipson's latest poetry collection, Whip-Hot & Grippy, courtesy of publisher Bloodaxe Books.


Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries Commission

The Tate's overview page and video introduction to Heather Phillipson's 2021–22 commission, RUPTURE No 1: blowtorching the bitten peach.


Cultural Highlights for 2021

A brief insight into Phillipson's cultural highlights of 2021, covering things to read, listen to, watch and smell, courtesy of the Guardian newspaper's 'On My Radar' column.


Sampler of Early Poems

A sample of poems and info from Heather Phillipson's 2013 debut collection, Instant-Flex 718, courtesy of publisher Bloodaxe and The Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets 2014 scheme.


Writers Make Worlds

Raymond Antrobus interviewed by Daniele Nunziata in August 2020, discussing the relationship between literature and education, as well as the impact of family, mental health, immigration, and spirituality on his verse. Listen to the interview or read the transcript.


Inventions in Sound

Raymond Antrobus explores the art of translating sound for the eye, looking at the poetic possibilities of closed captions. For Radio 4's 'Inventions in Sound' series, streaming on the BBC.



A sample poem, 'Echo', by Raymond Antrobus, from the March 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.


Echo (A Deaf Sequence)

A personal meditation by Raymond Antrobus on his 2017 poem 'Echo', published by Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation.


The Stories We Tell

A short autobiographical essay by Raymond Antrobus on languages, family, sound and the roots of his love of poetry.