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Forum writer in residence publishes first novel



Pippa Goldschmidt’s book runner-up in Dundee International Book Prize.


Former ESRC Genomics Forum Writer-in-Residence, , has this month published her first novel.

Entitled The Falling Sky, Pippa’s book tells the story of a young female astronomer who escapes the constraints of her professional and personal life in the UK by travelling to a mountain-top observatory in Chile. Here she makes a discovery that will not only challenge the fundamentals of the universe – thereby drawing her into conflict with the scientific establishment – but will also cast her back to the tragic loss that defined her childhood.

Pippa’s novel has already received substantial critical acclaim, coming runner up at the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize – the UK’s premier literary prize for debut novelists.

Stephen Fry, who was a judge of the Dundee International Book Prize 2012, described The Falling Sky as:

“A delicate and fascinating study of a life in which intellect and external microscopic and cosmic fields interact.”

Pippa was a Writer-in-Residence at the Genomics Forum from 2009-2010. During her residency, Pippa undertook a number of projects, including organising a poetry competition around the theme of genetics; producing “flash fictions” for the Forum’s Human Genre Project; and producing a briefing on Using Creative Writing to Promote Discussion about Genomics. She has also continued to work creatively with the Genomics Forum on a number of projects, post the formal completion of her residency.

Pippa will be a contributor to the Innovative strategies for engagement through the arts session, which forms part of the forthcoming 2013 Genomics Network Conference.

The Falling Sky is published by Freight Books, and is available now from all good book suppliers.

Cover picture of the book Falling Sky


Picture of cover of Pippa Goldschmidt's book, the Falling Sky