Science Festival Reading Experiment returns!

Edinburgh International Science Festival is bringing back its Reading Experiment, a programme of events and activities exploring science writing in all its diverse forms.


Whether it's pop-sci or sci-fi, poetry or literary fiction, fans of science writing can enjoy the Science Festival's range of online material, including author interviews, book recommendations, readings and pop-up activities.

Then, when the full Science Festival gets underway (4-19 April) there will be over 40 events bringing together the worlds of science and words. This programme will be delivered through partnerships with some of Edinburgh's foremost literary organisations, the Scottish Book Trust, the Scottish Poetry Library and the National Library of Scotland.

The first manifestation of the Reading Experiment is EISF's poetry competition, Sci-Ku, which is now underway and seeks science-inspired 3 line Haiku-style poems. With light as a major strand of the festival programme, Sci-Ku co-ordinator Sarah Thomas offers an example: 

Light is seen
Light cold and warm is felt
Light is never heard

Starting on 21 March, Sci-Ku entries will be displayed on the high street of Portobello, just east of Edinburgh, in an on-street exhibition, The Porty Sci-Box. The competition runs until Friday 3 March.

Other reading-based events will include the Mobile Bookshelf, which will travel around the capital offering a huge range of science writing for visitors to enjoy at their leisure.

During the festival proper, The Science of Storytelling will bring award-winning writers together to discuss how science inspires them, and Bad Science Books? Jurassic Park will examine how science fact matches up with science fiction. Finally, author Lin Anderson will look at how popular crime writing relates to real-life science in Forensic Fact Meets Forensic Fiction.

For full details of the 2015 EISF programme, and to book tickets, please visit

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