Life etc.

Working Down Under

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged – things have been rather busy since we arrived in New Zealand. I’ll post an update on general life stuff soon, but I thought you guys were especially overdue an update on all things work-related! As you might remember from this post, one of the things I’d hoped would happen in NZ was that...


2016: Looking back... and peeking ahead

It’s that time of year again when I’m at my most reflective, so I hope you’ll forgive what follows – it’s a bit of a personal (read: self-indulgent) post. I get a lot of pleasure from looking back – as a long-time diary-keeper, it’s an almost meditative process. But it’s only half of the story for me, and I think...


A new adventure

So, I thought it was about time that I told you my (non-sciencey) news… Very, very soon, I’ll be bidding farewell to London. Myself and this wonderful city have gotten to know each other pretty well in the past 11+ years, and I’ve written about it extensively. I see it as the city that I truly ‘grew up’ in, where I first found my...


Science and the City: An update!

It has been just over two months since ‘Science and the City’ hit the shelves across Europe and I’m happy to say that there’s been plenty of activity around it. Here are a few things that you might be interested in: RADIO I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a few radio / podcast-y things for the book, and I’ve really enjoyed all...


Science and the City: T-1 month

Well. It’s all getting very, very real now. In one month, on 11 August, my city-inspired baby will be released into the world… or at least to Europe, Oz and NZ. The US publication date isn’t until 25 October, I’m afraid. But regardless of where you are, Science and the City is already available for pre-order –  just click one of...


Science and the City: Incoming

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis, but given that it’s due to be published in less than 5 months (eeeeeeep!), and it’s officially a long weekend (though I’m working, obvs) I thought it was time for an update 🙂 Cover ** UPDATE: 30/03/2016** The cover is here!...


International Women's Day 2016

Well. Today has been rather busy. I had THREE projects come to fruition, and all of them are attracting a lot of attention on social media, so I am chuffed. Have a look at #IWD2016 or #InternationalWomensDay to see some of the brilliant online conversations going on around the topic. Royal Society I’ve been working with the lovely Awards and Medals team...


#DayofWomeninScience

I have lots of very exciting things on the way for International Women’s Day (8 March) but I couldn’t let this very first International Day of Women and Girls in Science pass without comment, so I thought I’d revisit a post I wrote way back in 2013. Back then, I was involved with the What I See initiative – and I wrote two blog posts...


January Blues? Life, the Universe and The Book

I don’t know about you, but I tend to leap into every new year with wild abandon, charged with purpose, packed with ideas, and fuelled by ALL OF THE CALORIES I ingested over Christmas. Taken this morning 🙂 Unfortunately, January 2016 brought with it a hideous viral cold chesty thing that made me cough for two weeks. I didn’t even have the energy...


Cheat's chocolatey tiramisu

THIS IS NOT A SCIENCE POST. Unless you like chemistry, which baking definitely is. In celebration of surviving my first week of writing full-time, I’ve decided to make some cookies this evening – its an untested recipe though, so I’m not going to foist it onto you…. yet. Instead, I’m going to share a very old, very easy...