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'Are Scientists Human' Creative Writing Workshop

Workshop   13.04.2012






ESRC Genomics Forum Bright Ideas Fellow, Tania Hershman

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ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, University of Edinburgh


ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum, University of Edinburgh, 3rd Floor, St John's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

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'Are Scientists Human?'Creative writing workshop to explore the human face of science

Are scientists human? If you rely on television and films to answer this question (e.g. The Big Bang Theory, Fringe, The Fly,Jurassic Park...) you might think the answer is "No". You may believe that all scientists are white-coated madmen (mostly men, yes) who don't experience normal human emotions, and aren't much in touch with the real world. And that science is all about right and wrong, no mess, no failure, just clinical, cut and dried.

But if you set foot into a real lab - as has Tania Hershman, writer-in-residence at Bristol University's Science Faculty, and - science may seem to be a completely different world, with its own language (actually, many, many languages, depending on the specific field) and strange tools and practices. But apart from that, the people doing the science on a daily basis are (mostly) just like the rest of us.

Anyone interested in exploring the human face of science can join Tania in a creative workshop, where she will share and discuss some of the very short stories written as fruits of her residency, and, through writing exercises, illustrate different ways to take inspiration from science and scientists for fiction - whether it be from lab life, from wonderful scientific words like "lamellipodia" or from scientific concepts.

The workshop will take place at 11:30am, Friday 13 April 2012, at the Genomics Forum, St John’s Land, Edinburgh.

No previous experience is necessary

Tania’s science-themed work will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 13 April, as part of the Made in Bristol segment.

Tania Hershman

Tania is currently a Bright Ideas Fellow at the ESRC Genomics Forum.

A former science journalist, Tania Hershman's first book, The White Road and Other Stories, was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and and included in New Scientist's Best Books of 2008. Tania's second collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, will be published in May 2012 by Tangent Books. Tania is Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Binnacle Ultra-Short Contest, and European winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's Short Story competition. Her stories are published or forthcoming in, among others, Nature, Metazen, Necessary Fiction, SPECS, Contrary magazine, Smokelong Quarterly, the London Magazine and Electric Velocipede, and a week of her flash fiction was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Tania is currently writer-in-residence in Bristol University's Science Faculty and has been awarded an Arts Council England grant to work on a collection of biology-inspired short fiction. She is founder and editor of The Short Review, an online journal spotlighting short story collections, and a judge of the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for popular science books.

Find out more at www.taniahershman.com

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