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January & Feburary 2014

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In the London Science Museum. Photo by Marcos Avlonitis.

Happy New Year! I’m delighted to say it’s looking to be the busiest publishing year I’ve ever enjoyed, due several books being scheduled for 2014. There will be plenty on this blog about all of them in the coming months, so I’d like to mention several events which are happening soon. It would be great to see you there!

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Pocket Horizon, our small poetry anthology of poems and artwork on the history of science and medicine, launched successfully in autumn 2013. We’re rolling out several events around the book this year, starting with an evening at Made in Greenwich art gallery.
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There will be readings from all of the poets, as well as a Q & A with our artist, Cassie Herschel-Shorland. It promises to be a full and lively evening, with a musical piece, based on PH, being debuted, and guest poets contributing their own science-inspired poems.
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The event is Wed 29 Jan, 7:30pm start: Tickets £5.
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You can buy the anthology here:
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My verse drama, Opera di Cera, a tale about anatomical wax models, is due to be published by Valley Press in the next few weeks!
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It has been selected a Top Choice by Inpress Books: 
I’ll be reading from the Opera at Bart’s Pathology Museum in Feb.
Dr Anna Maerker, medical historian and advisor on the project, will be speaking about the history of the wax Venus.
The event is Thurs, 20 Feb, 18:30 – 21:00. Tickets £7.
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I’m currently working with The Mustard Club to produce a project for radio based on Opera di Cera.
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On 14 Feb I will be one of several poets reading romantic and/or salacious poems at the Museum of London’s Valentine’s Extravaganza.
The whole evening is £10 and runs from 7 – 10pm. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/adult-events/late-events/
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I hope to see you at some events, and thank you for reading!

KS by DI at the BM

Last Thursday, 29 March, I met the charming Daniele Iozzia, an Italian painter who divides his time between the south of Italy and the north of London, to take photos at the British Museum. Daniele contacted me as he was in need of a ‘delicate and classical beauty’ for a new commission, and he usually works from photographs due to his frequent travels. I didn’t mention that I’d been violently ill with a stomach virus the Monday leading up to our meeting, so I was certainly feeling delicate, if not classical or beautiful. Fortunately, by Thursday I was able to make it into town.

One thing I hadn’t thought of was the tourists. Doing a photo shoot, however unostentatious, in the British Museum means that a whole lot of people are going to start taking your picture. I had to swallow a few giggles. I did, however, learn a lot about curves, how to hold one’s hands and fingers, and how lighting works wonders.

Now for something completely different: the Gilded Vectors of Disease is on the air! I just listened to ‘Louse’ over lunch – perhaps for those of you with squeamish dispositions, don’t listen whilst eating. Fabulous and fascinating, the Louse episode will make you itch. Go to this link at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for links, which will be available for the week following the launch of each episode, and check out The Mustard Club for details about the series. I’m in episode 3: bedbug.

The Gilded Vectors experience is my first foray into radio, and an unexpected, delightful development is that apparently I have a voice people want to make use of. On Wednesday I was invited (commissioned?) to do some recordings next week for a podcast series, more information on which anon. I also sang with a couple of people at my latest ukulele lesson and wasn’t thrown out, so I suppose my voice may have potential after all…

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