Small Island, Big Volcano

(And the People who Roared Back)

When they erupt, volcanoes create incredible sights and sounds, from roaring explosions to the deathly silence of a pyroclastic flow.

When the Soufrière Hills Volcano on Montserrat erupted, it wasn’t just the volcano that made a commotion! We’re bringing together Montserratians who experienced, wrote about, and ‘sang the eruption’ with the science of volcanoes and their ‘noise’! This talk explores the sights and sounds of that eruption – and the many inspiring ways Montserratians responded to it – and what it tells us about volcanoes and how we make sense of their behaviour.

Join UEA’s volcanologists, along with Dr Karen Pascal of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, as they combine volcano noise with the wonderful writing of Dr Yvonne Weekes (Volcano: A Memoir and Nomad) of the University of the West Indies and the volcano poetry, Calypso and memories analysed by UEA’s Teresa Armijos (School of International Development) and Wendy McMahon (School of Art, Media and American Studies). Who knows, there might even be a song or two from the assembled throng! Can seismometers sing?

Prof Jenni Barclay is Professor of Volcanology in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Wendy McMahon is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Teresa Armijos Burneo is a Lecturer in Natural Resources and International Development in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Karen Pascal is a Volcanologist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.

Dr Yvonne Weekes is a a Lecturer in Theatre and Arts Education at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.


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Saturday 26 October
Venue: The Forum’s Gallery
Cost: Free, booking required
Age: 10+