Join an adventure through time and place with Tamera the Time Traveller. Explore the Pacific and the freezing Polar regions and meet pirates and scientists from across time. 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00
Meet on the Great Map.
Hear stories of exploration and adventure that bring the Museum to life for younger visitors through song and movement. 10.30, 11.30, 13.00, 14.00
Meet in the Learning Space.
Laure Eve, author of Fearsome Dreamer, The Illusionists and The Graces will be speaking about life as a ‘professional fantasist’ and the inspiration behind some of the magical elements in her writing.
Nick Coveney will share tales from his career as a digital innovator working at the cutting edge of publishing. He will be talking about how he became the storybook voice for Google’s Assistant in StoryCastle and where the future of books and storytelling might lead us.
Nick is a Digital and Marketing leader working for Kobo (an online digital bookseller) as well as a book obsessive and self-described book pusher. He is co-chair of Pride in Publishing, an LGBTQ+ publishing network.
Saradha Soobrayen is our poet in residence for 'Lost in a Book' and will be reciting a new poem in the Pacific Encounters gallery. In her ticketed session, she will be covering the process of creating and inhabiting characters and discussing gender-bending and sexuality in literature in response to colonialism.
Megan Hunter answers questions about her acclaimed debut novel The End We Start From, discussing both the inspiration behind the text, the writing process and the journey from manuscript to published novel.
Clive Oppenheimer explains what has been learned about how volcanoes work from observations of the southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica. The volcanic island was first sighted in 1841 by members of James Clark Ross’ expedition aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Six decades later, it was the base for missions led by Shackleton and Scott.
Alice Slater reveals her adventures in bookselling and all that she has learnt about books. As well as telling you some truly hysterical stories she also hopes to convince you that we need to be more open minded about books and reading. She will also talk about how she has turned her passion for reading and writing into paid work and something other people care about.
Anjna Chouhan investigates the presence of the sea in Shakespeare’s works and the extent to which it is used to represent adventure and opportunity as opposed to danger and threat. She proposes that characters who have survived the sea come not just to represent but to embody adventure within their play worlds.
Alexandra Christo considers how familiar childhood tales can be recreated for a modern fantasy audience. From cursed kingdoms, to witches out for blood and monsters mimicking humans, for most of us fairytales are our first introduction into the world of fantasy and magic. Alexandra draws on her own experience to demonstrate how a well-known tale can be twisted into something entirely new, combining dark magic with real-world politics, to create a seductive and sinister story sure to thrill fantasy lovers.