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The Literature and Science Hub publishes essays, poetry, interviews and teaching materials in order to explore the relationships between the humanities, the arts and the sciences. If you would like to write for us please get in touch.

 

 

 

 

Research in Verse Winners

Posted on: 18 August 2021 | Category: Poetry and Science: Two Cultures

We had all sorts of entrants to the \"Research in Verse\" competition, with topics ranging from gravity to slavery to life in the lab.

More than just ‘Science Fiction’

Posted on: 7 May 2021 | Category: Data and the Digital

Dr Will Slocombe explores some of the dominant trends in science fiction and considers how they relate to our expectations of the future. The prospect and reality of Artificial Intelligence has long fascinated creators of fictional worlds. But they are not ‘merely’ science fiction, so what might such representations actually reveal? In a whirlwind tour of examples of the technology, from literature, film, and computer games, Dr Will Slocombe explores some of the dominant trends at work in these representations and considers how they relate to our expectations of the future. Dr Will Slocombe, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, will be joined by guest AI scientist, Dr Louise Dennis.

Creative Writing and Wellbeing Events With the Chinese Community

Posted on: 13 March 2021 | Category: Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Poet Mary Jean Chan

As part of Culture Liverpool’s Chinese New Year celebrations of the Year of the Ox in early February 2021, Lucienne Loh organised a series of creative writing workshops exclusively for the Chinese Liverpool community. These were inspired by Culture Liverpool’s Year of Writing 2021, facilitated by award-winning Hong Kong born poet, Mary-Jean Chan and co-curated with Rebecca Ross Williams, the Creativity & Social Change Director of Everyman & Playhouse Theatres as well as Adele Spiers, a Senior Art Psychotherapist from SOLA Arts.

Life Rooms at Playhouse

Posted on: 1 February 2021 | Category: Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

The Literature and Science Hub have been working with Life Rooms at the Playhouse; an initiative that brings together NHS Mersey Care and the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, working to help marginalised and isolated adults in the City Centre area as the newest NHS Life Rooms on Merseyside.

A Watch of Nightingale Postcard Poems

Posted on: 15 June 2020 | Category: Ecology and Environment

by Bethan Roberts

Imagining both utopian and dystopian climate futures is crucial – which is why cli-fi is so important

Posted on: 21 September 2019 | Category: Ecology and Environment

We are headed towards a future that is hard to contemplate. At present, global emissions are reaching record levels, the past four years have been the four hottest on record, coral reefs are dying, sea levels are rising and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the moment to do something about it. But what?

Extreme weather in 21st Century Britain

Posted on: 2 June 2019 | Category: Ecology and Environment

In recent years, extreme levels of rainfall have led to flooding across various parts of the United Kingdom. The November to January period of 2015/16 saw the wettest three-months in UK rainfall series since records began in 1910. Storms Desmond, Abigail, Frank and Gertrude hit Britain over these months and approximately 16,000 properties in England were flooded. Scientists are wary to directly correlate such extreme weather with climate change, but recent modelling studies do point towards the role of human-induced global warming in causing such weather.

Books and Birds Field Trip

Posted on: 25 April 2019 | Category: Ecology and Environment

Second year student Alice Burgess reports on the English department 'Books and Birds' field trip: A day on the Wirral explore birds on the page and in the sky.

Children's Science Writing Competitions Winners Announced

Posted on: 20 November 2018 | Category: Events and Announcements

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The Literature and Science Hub and the SRUK (Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK) are pleased to announce the best entries for the writing scientific stories for children competition.

Pint of Science Archive

Posted on: 20 November 2018 | Category: Blog, News and Updates

Since 2017, the Literature & Science Hub has contributed annually to ‘Pint of Science’ events in Liverpool, inspiring audiences to compose haikus and limericks on scientific and medical themes. Topics have included: fighting Ebola and Zika epidemics; using the immune system to target cancer; placebo surgery; ancient and modern plagues; brain surgery. Winning entrants have received cuddly toy microbes! Check out some of the entrants!

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