A Smashing Idea: The Story Collider

24 October 2013 by Alex Brown, posted in speaking science

If you're in London this evening with nothing in particular to do (forgive me if this seems like a strange notion but it actually happens to me sometimes), I recommend you go to the Story Collider to listen to some true stories about what science is really like. The "human face", as it were.

What? The Story Collider Story Collider logo

Wait, what? 5 true stories about what it's like to live in a world full of science. The theme is "Inside Out".

Where? October Gallery (tube: Russell Square, Holborn)

When? Thursday 24th October. Doors at 6:30 PM for a 7 PM start.


  1. It's free: book your tickets here.
  2. You might learn some super-cool science facts get a feel for what it's like to work in science

Who? It's organised by Brian Wecht, a physicist at Queen Mary University of London.

The storytellers will be:

  • Alison Hartshorn: Space scientist, Science communicator, Capoeirista;
  • Mike Scrase: Filmmaker, writer, and illustrator
  • Kate Evans: Street performer, stilt walker, professional gorilla
  • Julian Parker: Recovering Military Intelligence Officer
  • Liz Wickham Circus artist, Physicist, Teacher

More info? Check out the show listing on the Story Collider's website including profiles of each of the storytellers.

You can also listen to Brian talking about how the Story Collider was born and comparing experiences between New York & London on Julie Gould's excellent Speaking of Science podcast. (Full disclosure: I was one of the first people to be interviewed for Speaking of Science, but the series has really taken off since then and the content speaks for itself.)

Can't make it? SpotOn logo

That's too bad. Neither can I, what with being in Geneva and all. But there's another one scheduled for Thursday 7 November, during the SpotOn London 2013 conference, which I will hopefully be attending.

Conflict of interest? Sort of.

Over to you:

  • Have you been to a Story Collider before? What were your impressions?
  • Have you got a story to tell about science? Get in touch with Brian via email brian@storycollider.org or on Twitter @bwecht
  • Will you be attending the Story Collider during Spot On? See you there?



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