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What’s on

There are a lot of good things hereabouts in May that I think many of our friends will enjoy. Here’s a brief round-up.

Finally, although Camden is a little out of our neighbourhood, here’s a Sunday afternoon event that I think is worth the trip: a historical comedy jamboree featuring some very good friends of ours:

Comedian Iszi Lawrence hosts The Z List Dead List – a live comedy show about obscure characters from history. From the very skeptical to the downright bizarre, find out about the creative minds, the bloody murders & the amazing discoveries that have been left to get dusty in the forgotten pages of unfashionable history books.

Guest ‘Historians’ this month include ‘Answer Me This’ podcast host Helen Zaltzman, the poet, children’s author and beard owner A.F. Harrold, the skeptical ‘Pod Delusion’ podcast host James O’Malley and nerdgasmic songstress Helen Arney.

Expect death, sex and swearing, all at tea time!

Let me know in the comments below of good things I’ve missed.

PubhD – Coming Soon

Since we launched Reading Skeptics In The Pub nearly three years ago we’ve drawn a steadily growing crowd; an audience of over 100 is not uncommon nowadays. It seems there are a lot of people in Reading who, like us, enjoy going out of an evening to learn something. Our In The Geek Midwinter show last week was sold out, and of course Café Scientifique and Geek Night are as popular as ever.

And so, always eager to please you lovely people, I am proposing to host a new monthly event in Reading, starting early in 2014.

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PubhD 
is the brainchild of Kash Farooq and Regan Naughton, who are launching the first PubhD in Nottingham. Each month, local doctoral candidates or post-docs, from any discipline from Art History to Quantum Mechanics, explain their work (PhD/EngD/EdD/etc) to a curious audience in a pub.

Talks will be short and informal, with lots of time for questions, chatting and meeting people. We hope that this will give doctoral researchers useful experience in public outreach and help them gain wider recognition of their work, as well as entertaining and educating punters like us.

And because we at Berkshire Skeptics firmly believe in the importance of the ongoing pursuit of knowledge, we propose to take collect voluntary donations each meeting for the University of Reading student hardship fund.

Watch this space for more information or follow @_PubhD_Rdg on Twitter. If you fancy sharing your research story with the group, please do get in touch.

In The Geek Midwinter

The Berkshire Skeptics Society proudly presents In The Geek Midwinter, at Reading’s South Street Arts Centre on 10 December 2013.

In The Geek Midwinter (copyright Peter Jago @peterjagoo)

“A celebration of the joy of all of things geeky . . . an evening of music, comedy, science and story telling. Fantastic entertainment with the added bonus that you’re bound to learn about a bunch of interesting things.”

We have scoured the country for the smartest, funniest, sexiest nerds for your entertainment:

  • Science boffin troubadour and pioneer of Geekpop, Jonny Berliner
  • Award-winning comedian and creator of BBC Radio 4’s It Is Rocket Science, Helen Keen
  • Simon Watt – biologist, writer, comedian and science communicator, presenter on TV’s Inside Nature’s Giants and president of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society
  • Our host and compère for the evening, the utterly brilliant comedian, artist and podcaster Iszi Lawrence.

Tickets are £10 from Reading Arts.

It Is Rocket Science!

Helen Keen is a wonderful comedian. As the Guardian says:

Keen’s a perpetually inquisitive character whose comedy is fuelled by her childhood obsessions with space exploration. Harnessing a sharp comedy sensibility to an arsenal of fascinating facts, she’s a treat for anyone who matches a sense of humour with an inquiring mind.

Helen is just one of the amazing acts at our upcoming seasonal spectacular show, In The Geek Midwinter, “an evening of music, comedy, science and storytelling” (Dec 10th, Reading South St, tickets are a bloody steal, honestly I don’t know how we can make such a great show so cheap, it’s ridiculous).

Radio 4 is repeating the first and second series of Helen’s show It Is Rocket Science starting this coming Wednesday at 23:15. If you didn’t catch it first time around, why not give it a listen, fall in love with it, then head over to the Reading Arts website while we still have some In The Geek Midwinter tickets left.