With science and literature inextricably linked, the Burgess Foundation is an ideal location to fuse the two bedfellows. Splicing the ideas of science fact, rather than the venue’s more familiar science fiction, we’ve picked out a trio of book launch events sure to spark a reaction as part of Manchester Science Festival…

Marty Jopson in conversation
Described on his blog as an ‘all round science bloke’, the One Show’s TV prop builder-cum-science and history reporter Marty Jopson will add both ‘writer’ and ‘interviewee’ to his CV at this event, staged to discuss the ins, outs and in betweens of his debut publication, The Science of Everyday Life. Rather than throwing the kitchen sink, he analyses all its mysteries alongside all manner of overlooked norms.
Thu 29 Oct, 6.30pm, £4 (Under 16s FREE), www.skiddle.com

Matthew Cobb in conversation
If you leave your superstitions with the trick-or-treaters and head to the Burgess on Halloween afternoon then you’ll catch the acclaimed genetic code chronicler Matthew Cobb, whose history captures the largely untold story beyond the double helix. The University of Manchester zoologist will be on hand to answer your questions about the evolution of humans’ understanding of ourselves over the past half-century.
Sat 31 Oct, 2pm, £4 (Under 16s FREE), www.skiddle.com

Family fun: Clare Nasir’s Cloud Academy
Do you think meteorology is only ever favourable when it’s sunny, or possibly snowing? BBC’s Clare Nasir begs to differ and presents her case by combining education with fun in Showbiz Clouds, the latest of her Cloud Academy series. The forecast looks clement as she’s set to introduce the new story in an early afternoon slot, weather permitting.
Sun 1 Nov, 2pm, £4 (family ticket), www.skiddle.com

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY. Tel: 0161 235 0776, www.anthonyburgess.org

Thu 29 Oct - Sun 1 Nov
Ian Pennington
Published on:
Wed 28 Oct 2015