Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

I was in extremely august company on Saturday:

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, former President of the Royal Society

Yes, I was in the heart of London at the exceedingly beautiful home of the Royal Society. I’d been invited there to take part in this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition:

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My invitation came as a result of my Buzzing! book having been shortlisted for last year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.

So I performed a special Buzzing! show there, inspired by a former Fellow of said Royal Society, one Charles Darwin.

My Buzzing! event at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014

My Buzzing! event at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014

I had the good fortune to chat with some of my audience before and after my show, and what a lively, bright, interesting and interested bunch they were. (And how very complimentary their accompanying adults were about my show!)

After my book signing I took the opportunity to look around at some of the exhibits at the exhibition. Fascinating!

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is an annual event showcasing the most exciting cutting- edge science and technology in the UK. And it’s all free! If you’re interested in science, I definitely recommend you go next year. As you’ll see from the Royal Society website, there are events specially for children, and ones for adults too.

My tip: if it’s raining, take a brolly as you might have to queue to get in – it’s that popular! (And rightly so!)

Queuing to get into the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, July 2014

Queuing to get into the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, July 2014

Thank you to Marie-Claude Dupuis of the Royal Society and her band of helpers for ensuring my event ran so smoothly.

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life

National Poetry Day 2013

I had the great good fortune to spend National Poetry Day this year in Cambridge as the guest of The Perse Upper and Prep schools. I learned many things whilst I was there. Such as that it is possible to do Kung Fu whilst reading my Buzzing! book:

Harry doing Kung Fu whilst reading my Buzzing! book

Harry doing Kung Fu whilst reading my Buzzing! book

And that it is possible to have a name that is a quadruple dactyl. And also how valuable it is for a school to have a dedicated librarian.

The librarian at the Upper School is Janice Weatherall, who, along with her colleague Laura, had created a fabulous display in the library in advance of my visit.

Perse Upper School Librarian Janice Weatherall with Assistant Librarian Laura Shattock and the Buzzing! display they’d created

Perse Upper School Librarian Janice Weatherall with Assistant Librarian Laura Alboni and the Buzzing! display they’d created

The librarian at the Prep School, Sylvie Rigby, had also created a wonderful display, and inspired the pupils to enter a competition based on minibeasts they had photographed and written about. The only difficult part of my day was having to judge this competition, as the entries were so many and varied. Congratulations to all the children who took part. I was very impressed by what they had come up with.

Perse Prep School Librarian Sylvie Rigby with pupils' fabulous competition entries

Perse Prep School Librarian Sylvie Rigby with pupils’ fabulous competition entries

I performed a Buzzing! show for the Year 7s at the Upper School, and a different Buzzing! show for the whole school at the Prep School. (All my Buzzing! shows are specially tailored to the particular audience, location and event.)

Performing my Buzzing! show for The Perse Prep School

Performing my Buzzing! show for The Perse Prep School

My shows were followed, in each case, by my signing copies of my Buzzing! book for pupils and chatting with them (my favourite bit!)

I was quite overwhelmed when one Year 7 pupil handed me a card she’d just drawn for me, complete with a fabulous ‘Thank You’ message.

A Thank You card from a Year 7 pupil at The Perse Upper School, Cambridge

A Thank You card from a Year 7 pupil at The Perse Upper School, Cambridge

Then just as I was leaving the Prep School at the end of the day, the Head Teacher mentioned he’d heard some work of mine broadcast on BBC Radio 3 a few days earlier. So, that’s another thing I learned during my National Poetry Day visit to Cambridge! I’ll tell you about that broadcast another time …

Meanwhile, I’d like to thank all the staff and pupils of The Perse Upper and Prep schools for making me so very welcome, and for making National Poetry Day 2013 so enjoyable and memorable for me. Particular thanks go to Janice Weatherall, whose idea it was to invite me in the first place.

Stop Press: You can see what The Perse Upper School made of my visit here.

Anneliese Emmans Deanwww.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing Poetry to Life

Marta’s amazing minibeast cookies …

If you didn’t make it to our Darwin shows last week, you missed a treat – literally. Take a look at these amazing minibeast cookies, all made by Marta Hardy:

Marta's fantastic insect cookies

Marta's fantastic insect cookies

Not only did they look fantastic, they tasted absolutely delicious too!

Marta claims to have the largest cookie-cutter collection in the known universe, and judging by the wonders she created for our shows, I think she’s probably right!

Marta and her cookie creations

Marta and her cookie creations

For our Valentine’s Day show,  she also created special heart-shaped cookies – and love-bugs too!

Marta's Valentine's Day cookies (including a Love Bug!)

Marta's Valentine's Day cookies (including a Love Bug!)

Thank you, Marta, for transforming our Beetle Buzz shows into such delicious events! (I only wish she’d bake cookies for all our Buzzing! shows!!)

Anneliese Emmans Dean – info@theBigBuzz.bizwww.theBigBuzz.biz

Darwin celebrations in York

Beetle Buzz: Darwin’s Doings and the Bugs of York
Everything you always wanted to know about Darwin,
but were afraid to ask …

There’ll be live music, plentiful quotes from Darwin himself, Marta’s famous home-made cookies, fun poems – some I’ve never performed before, some ‘Buzzing!‘  favourites – close-up projected photos, including some brand new animations … All at my ‘Beetle Buzz’ show, part of the ‘Fruits of Heresy’ Darwin celebrations being held in York.

Our Beetle Buzz show will tell you everything you always wanted to know about Darwin

Our Beetle Buzz show will tell you everything you always wanted to know about Darwin

There’ll be two performances:

Thursday 12 February (the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth), at 7.30 pm, with live music from David Hammond

Saturday 14 February at 7.30 pm –  the same show as above, but with a Valentine’s Day twist, and music from John Rayson

Both performances take place at the Unitarian Chapel in St Saviourgate in York.

Book your tickets by email or telephone 01845 574542, or 07946 487321.

Children and adults alike are welcome.

Do come along for a evening of fun edu-tainment – and find out how you can make a valuable contribution to the work of scientists following in Darwin’s footsteps today …

‘The Fruits of Heresy’ is a month-long celebration of Darwin’s life and ideas at York Unitarian Chapel. Events include talks by York University academics, a film screening and an exhibition.  Click on the following link for the full programme:  ‘Fruits of Heresy’ Programme of Events (pdf)