Category Archives: News and Events

We would like you to listen to our hearts

Over the past year I’ve been an unofficial writer in residence at STIS – the science, technology and innovation studies unit in the University of Edinburgh. Most of the time that I’m there I spend quietly in an office, working on the novel-to-be. But I’ve also been talking to Dr Gill Haddow about her research […]

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Two events in June and July

A few nice things coming up: I’m taking part in an event at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow to celebrate National Reading Groups Day on Saturday 18th June. And I’m giving a talk about astronomy in literature at the Birmingham Planetarium (so the talk will be accompanied by beautiful images) on 8 July – more […]

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My story on the Beeb

My story ‘An Investigation into Love by Babcock and Wainwright’ was broadcast on Radio 4 recently and is still available. You may never look at a lab mouse the same way after this story… (It was first published on Lablit last year.)

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A couple of new book reviews

My review of ‘Lois McMaster Bujold’ by Edward James is in this week’s TLS, and my review of ’15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Heart of the Sun’ by Lucie Green is in this week’s Spectator. More reviews are in the pipeline… And my own short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of […]

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Q&A on Einstein and literature in the Guardian

Courtesy of Stuart Clark and his great blog on the science bit of the Guardian’s website, I’ve written a Q&A about Einstein and short stories.

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Edge Hill Short Story Prize longlist

My short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ is long-listed for this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the UK’s only award for short story collections. The shortlist will be announced in May.

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Suffrage Science award

I’m thrilled to be nominated for this year’s Suffrage Science award – an annual award organised by the Medical Research Council to honour women in science around the world. Each year around 10-12 women are nominated for this award by previous nominees, and we each ‘inherit’ a beautiful piece of jewellery similar to those worn […]

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Mission to Mars!

I’m performing a specially commissioned short story about Mars exploration at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on 1 April, together with other previous New Writers Award winners Olga Wojtas and Basil Davies. These stories are based on fictional candidates for a future Mars expedition – as created by the general public. Come along, listen to […]

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‘Writing in the Stars’ lecture at Glasgow Planetarium

I’m giving a lecture at Glasgow Planetarium on Thursday 3rd March, about astronomy in literature. This’ll draw upon work by Brecht, Hardy and many other authors: see here for more info.  

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One of the Herald’s Favourite Reads of 2015

My short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ was chosen as one of the Herald’s Favourite Reads of 2015, by the wonderful novelist Alice Thompson.

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