Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

The University of the West of England are running an interesting science writing competition and asked a bunch of writers for their tips for potential entrants. Here are mine. When you’re really into a topic, it’s easy to think that everyone else will be and it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few […]


Between December and May this year, my spare time has been spent working furiously on a book. The Big Questions in Science: the quest to solve the great unknowns is a popular science coffee-table book looking at, well, exactly what it says. You can read more about it in this feature we wrote for The Observer. The […]


Every year for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize (now in its third year) we run a series of blog posts with our partners at the Guardian, offering advice on science writing from those of us lucky enough to be doing it as a day job. This year I’ve had the pleasure of running the […]


The Story

21Feb10

There have never been so many stories, or so many ways to tell them. We can tell stories in the pub, on television, in books, through games, on stage, over mobile phones, on twitter, in newspapers — any time, place or object that we can share with others can be the birthplace of a story…. […]


A couple of weeks ago, I arranged for Ed Yong to come to the Trust for a lunchtime talk on science blogging. It was an interesting discussion and very timely given that we’re currently establishing a Wellcome Trust science blog. What was interesting from my perspective was that Ed is someone who blogs for his […]


I just read this feature article (actually an extract from a forthcoming book) in the Guardian Weekend magazine. In it, Barbara Ehrenreich hits out against the ‘positive thinking brigade’ that surrounds cancer, and indeed most major illnesses or calamities. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, but it’s an interesting piece. The article […]


With the onset of a new decade, many people’s minds have naturally wandered back to ten years ago and just how much can change in such a relatively short space of time. Back at the turn of the millenium I hadn’t a clue that there was anything in science outside of the lab bench, yet […]