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Birmingham Literary Festival

I’m taking part in an event based around the food anthology ‘Cooked Up’ (edited by Elaine Chiew and published by New Internationalist) at Birmingham Literary Festival on 13 October. Elaine will be reading too, and so will other contributors Susannah Rickards and Niklesh Shukla.

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Orkney International Science Festival

I’m taking part in two events at this year’s Orkney Science Festival in September: a) The wonderful Chilean documentary ‘Nostalgia for the Light’ will be shown in Stromness on Saturday 5 September, and I’ll give a short introduction to it. b) On Sunday 6 September there’ll be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of general […]

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Reading in Berlin on 9 July

I’m doing a reading from the German translation of my novel at ‘ocelot, not just another bookstore‘ in Berlin on 9 July, with my translator Zoë Beck.

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Spectator book review

My review of ‘Black Hole’ by Marcia Bartusiak is published in the Spectator.

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Reading in Bremen on June 18th

I’m doing a reading from my novel ‘The Falling Sky’ (or ‘Weiter als der Himmel’ as it’s called in Germany) with my translatoer Zoë Beck, in Bremen on June 18th at the Haus der Wissenschaft. This is part of the great ‘Fiction Meets Science’ programme which is sponsoring my residency at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg.

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Book launch!

My new book ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ will be officially launched on June 11 in Edinburgh at Looking Glass Books – join me there to slap a bottle of champagne against its cover.

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Glasgow Science Festival

I’m doing an event about astronomy and literature with Professor Martin Hendry at the Glasgow Science Festival on June 10 at the Mono Cafe, this will be a discussion with some readings. It’s part of the regular Glasgow Cafe Scientifique salon.  

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I’m on Radio 4 ‘Open Book’

I’m on the radio! I did a little piece about solar eclipses in literature for Radio 4’s ‘Open Book’ programme. They cut the line about Enid Blyton though… You can listen again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05mq8wt  

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Leipzig Buchmesse

I’m doing an event at the Leipzig Buchmesse (‘book fair’ to those of you in the Anglophone world) on 15 March to celebrate the publication of the German translation of ‘The Falling Sky’ which will be titled ‘Weiter als der Himmel’ (a direct translation of the work-in-progress title ‘Wider than the Sky’). I’ll be talking […]

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Radio 4 Scottish Shorts

My short story ‘No numbers’ (which was (very) loosely inspired by my grandmother) will be broadcast on Radio 4 on Friday 30th January at 3:45pm. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050c4sd  for more info.

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