Writers at Lunchtime

The next Writers at Lunchtime meeting takes place on Wednesday 1 July, 11.30 am to 1.30 pm. The guest speaker at 12.30 pm will be space scientist and writer Duncan Steel.

Regarded as an expert on asteroids, comets, meteors and space debris, Duncan has written four books, 100+ research papers, 1000+ articles for newspapers and magazines, has appeared in hundreds of radio and TV programmes and was science advisor for an Emmy-winning documentary viewed by over 400 million people. Minor planet/asteroid (4713) Steel is named for him, as is a lunar-roving robot in one of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi novels. Find out more about Duncan here http://www.duncansteel.com/

Duncan will talk about the differences between writing research papers, popular-level articles for newspapers and magazines, and books for mass audiences, plus writing for TV and radio. A born procrastinator, he has been working on three different books for many years: the first concerns the secret astronomical reason why the British colonised North America starting in 1584; the second is about a nineteenth-century telescope lens that led to a legal case which set back the development of the first computer by a century (and it has NZ connections); the third will put forward an argument for seeding Mars with genetically-engineered microbes within the next few decades.

The venue for Writers at Lunchtime is The Prince Albert, 113 Nile Street, Nelson (car parking is accessed from Tasman Street). Come from 11.30 am, but be sure to be there at 12.30 pm to hear Duncan’s talk. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Lucy on 021 146 5864.