UPDATE: The event “Imagination and Interpretation: Writing Science into Fiction”, which was due to be held at the Royal Society on 20 July, has had to be postponed as Pat Barker is unfortunately indisposed. It is hoped to reschedule this event for early October as part of the Royal Society’s festival of literature and the arts.

“Imagination and Interpretation: Writing Science into Fiction”
Wednesday 20 July 2011, 6.00-7.30pm
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

Speakers: Pat Barker CBE, Philip Sington
Chair: Prof. Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford)

Join Pat Barker CBE (best know for her Regeneration trilogy) and Philip Sington (author of The Einstein Girl) in a discussion about representing scientists and science in contemporary fiction. Both authors have imaginatively used the archives of early 20th century scientists as the basis for major works of fiction. They will reveal what attracted them to these historical sources in particular, and discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of interpreting the history of modern science in fictional worlds.

Co-organised by the Royal Society and the Outreach and Education Committee of the BSHS, the event is free and all are welcome to attend. No ticket or advance booking is required – doors will open at 5.30pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come basis.