Science and writing symposium



Event Date: 20 May 2013
Room 414,
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Arts presents:

Birkbeck Arts Week 2013

Science and writing symposium

Literary works have long trespassed on the terrains of scientific discourse, interrogating the linguistic and ethical limits of scientific thinking and innovation. On rare occasions, the speculation of creative writers has actually pushed the frontiers of scientific knowledge forward. This symposium brings together creative writers, scientists, science writers, academics and their students to explore some of the aesthetic and intellectual concerns that science raises as a topic for creative writing. Chaired by Birkbeck’s Richard Hamblyn, author of The Art of Science (2011), the symposium will feature readings from distinguished writers of fiction, drama and poetry, a Q&A with the audience, and a roundtable discussion between writers, scientists and academics on the intersection between science and creative writing. Participants include Dr. Laura Salisbury, RCUK Fellow in Science, Technology, and Culture, Birkbeck; Mark Maslin, Professor of Palaeoclimatology; Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer; playwright Nick Payne, poets Simon Barraclough and Rosie Shepperd; and graphic novelist Darryl Cunningham. This event will conclude with a wine reception sponsored by the Wellcome Collection.



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