Hi all,

The Sydney Writers' Festival (May15-22) is pushing beyond the boundaries of literary fiction and embracing science, thanks to the efforts of program manager Kate Steinweg.

This year features several great science-focused events, but one I thought would be of particular interest to ASC members is a panel event on science writing, featuring our very own Wilson da Silva, Guardian environment reporter Michael Slezak, professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia University and author Janna Levin:

"Science is one of the most powerful tools we have to understand the world and our place in it, yet public conversation around big issues like medicine, technology, space and genetics is often hijacked by hype and misinformation. How do you hold the public’s attention long enough to impart the fascinating stories behind sensational headlines? Meet the experts who not only know their stuff, but can communicate with a storyteller’s flair. Stellar science writers Janna Levin, Wilson da Silva and Michael Slezak speak to Bianca Nogrady, science journalist and editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2015, about the challenges of exploring complex issues in an age of instant gratification".

Tickets are available at http://www.swf.org.au/program/swf2016/the-beauty-of-truth-writing-science-157

There are also a host of other events around science themes, including Night of the Nerds hosted by Adam Spencer, Peter Doherty and Tim Flannery talking about climate change, and Janna Levin talking about black holes and gravitational waves: http://www.swf.org.au/program/science-environment

Hope to see some of you there.

b

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2015 - Editor (New South, 2015)

The End: The Human Experience of Death (Penguin Random House, 2013)