New goal: a Wordhord event

Patreon has been urging me to “set a goal” so I’m trying it out. If I can reach $500 a month, I will be able to devote the time to planning, prepping, and hosting a Wordhord event. I’ve done them in the past in Finsbury Park (London), Somerset House (London), and University of Southampton (Southampton, UK). If you’d like to help out, visit my Patreon page: patreon.com/wordhord.

Wordhord and OE Flashmob at Southampton

Only one month away!

What: An ‘Old English Flashmob’ including…

  • Wordhord art installation led by @OEWordhord and other postgraduate students from the Centre of Late Antique and Medieval Studies, King’s College London
  • Replica Anglo-Saxon artefacts for handling
  • Screen / digital replicas of Staffordshire Hoard artefacts
  • Research posters from staff and students at Southampton and other universities
  • Replica Sutton Hoo helmet for ‘Saxon Selfies’
  • Mead tasting

Why: To celebrate the launch of the new University of Southampton first-year module ‘Multimedia Old English: Song, Skin and Cyberspace’

When: Monday 17 November, 10am-5pm

Where: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton

Who: The cohort of c.160 students taking the new module, as well as others at the University of Southampton and beyond. If you’re around, stop by!

How: For the Wordhord art installation, we need to build a wordhord…starting today! Whether or not you are able to attend the event, please send us your favourite Old English words so we can use them on the day. You can do this one of two ways:

  • Comment on this post below
  • Tweet to @OEWordhord using #OEFlashmob

#OEWater – Sound Hoard – Midsummer Water Day 21 June 2014

Fran’s wonderful write-up of Midsummer Water Day, as well as recordings of us reading different Old English watery words and poetry…

an (almost) anglo-saxonist

This Saturday saw the climax of King’s Cultural Institute’s collaboration with the Museum of Water in Somerset House: The Midsummer Water Day.

As part of the day-long programme of events – which included singing workshops, poetry readings, science experiments, and contributions from King’s’ Geography and English departments – the Anglo-Saxonist PhD students brought the @OEWordHord to life in the form of the Old Water Hoard.

(Before I go on, I must link you to PhD candidate Hana’s write up on the OEwordhord website which features plenty of photos from the day.)

The Old Water Hoard occupied a foyer, a hall way, a passing place amongst the other Midsummer activities.

[photo to come once my phone agrees to work – the Water Hoard in situ!]

Visitors could participate in and contribute to the Water Hoard in many ways. They were invited to explore Old English watery words – hitherto collected from…

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Old English Wæter-hord at Midsummer Water Day

Pictures from today’s Old English Wæter-hord at Somerset House, a Midsummer Water Day event.

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Old English magnetic poetry: fantwæter nicor lagufæðme lagu baptismal water – water monster (hippo?) – watery embrace – WATER!

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Wordhorders tweeted their favourite Old English water words throughout the day.

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A more extensive Old English water poem with a German title

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Inventive Old English: mere-cwen for ‘sea-queen’. Also a shark and an electric eel.

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Vicky and Fran reading some Orosius

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Carl and Zach reading about the Flood in Old English

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James sharing the Old English poem ‘The Whale’ — see blog post on fastitocalon

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Jellyfish enjoying listening to Old English poetry!

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Fill in the blank in the manuscript with Old English Exodus…Moses parts the Red Sea!

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