Science and books go hand in hand. Whether you prefer to let your mind run riot with fanciful, futuristic science fiction or you simply want to discover more about the world around you, books of a scientific nature make for great reading! This year Edinburgh International Science Festival has an exciting line-up of events - talks, workshops and activities, which are based on science-themed books and feature some fantastic authors.
As a literary hub in the city Scottish Storytelling Centre is hosting a number of events for both adult and family audiences. Children’s events involve storytelling, singing sessions and lots of imaginative fun, and welcome some well-known writers such as Steve Cole (Z-Rex and Astrosaurs), Mick Manning (Taff in the WAAF), Simon Basher (Planet Basher) and Malcolm Rose (Jordan Stryker). For adults there’s an equally exciting line-up featuring authors Brian Clegg (How to Build your own Time Machine), Stuart Clark (The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth) and Tali Sharot (The Optimism Bias). Click here for full line-up of Storytelling Centre events.
Elsewhere science gets sociable as the city’s hottest live-entertainment venues, Ghillie Dhu and The Jam House, stage some literature-meets-science events. Hear award-winning historian and author Louise Foxcroft discuss the history of people’s struggles with weight and food in Calories and Corsets, join writer and poet Melanie Challenger as she ponders some of the things that have disappeared from our world in On Extinction and uncover The Story of Time with The Book of Time author Adam Hart-Davis. Furthermore you can catch writers Marcus Chown, Nessa Carey, Bruce Hood, Steve Fuller and Robin Dunbar as part of the Festival’s fantastic programme at The National Museum of Scotland!
Following all of the Science Festival’s book-based events there will be book signing opportunities so don’t forget to bring a copy of the book in question along. This is just some of the fantastic literary line-up at this year’s Science Festival. For full details see What's On.