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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. You can use our blog to explore our resources across different subject areas by using the keywords. If you would like to write for us please get in touch.


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.


Hearing the Nightingale Sing

Posted on: 3 May 2019 | Category: Ecology and Environment

Poet Sarah Westcott listens to nightingales in the Kent marshes.


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

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!


The future for cli-fi: interview with Dan Bloom.

Posted on: 16 November 2018 | Category: Ecology and Environment

Liverpool PhD Student Bernadette McBride, interviews the journalist Dan Bloom, who coined the phrase 'Cli-Fi, for the Literature and Science Hub, University of Liverpool.


Collaborative Poem from the Made from Light Tate workshops

Posted on: 2 August 2018 | Category: Ecology and Environment

Writer Philippa Holloway talks us through a collaborative poem that emerged through her writing workshops with members of the public at Tate Liverpool.


Women and Science

Posted on: 2 August 2018 | Category: Events and Announcements

This great video from Hub member Clare Jones discusses how women have been excluded from scientific narratives.


Scientific Stories for Children

Posted on: 2 August 2018 | Category: Events and Announcements

The Literature & Science Hub proudly presents the English language winners of the 'Science me a story' competition.


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