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 Outer Space’ has had a nice write-up in the latest Gutter magazine.

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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 by the suffragettes.

I was nominated by Jenny Rohn, biologist, writer and editor of the website Lablit which champions the sort of fiction I write – fiction inspired by real science.

Find out more about Suffrage Science and all the nominees here.

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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 the stories and chat with us about space missions.

UPDATE – you can now read all three of our stories on the Scottish Book Trust website (many thanks to them for organising this event!)

 

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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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‘I Am Because You Are’ in the Indie

I wrote an article about the background science to our anthology ‘I Am Because You Are’ and why I wanted to celebrate the anniversary of general relativity in short stories. You can read it in the Independent.

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‘I Am Because You Are’ on BBC Radio Scotland

Tania Hershman and I were on Janice Forsyth’s show on BBC Radio Scotland, to discuss our anthology ‘I Am Because You Are’. (We’re speaking about 24 minutes into the show!)

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