The infinite lives of Maisie Day

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Saturday 16 June

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Explore the science behind black holes, multiple universes and more.

    Credit: Nosy Crow


Standard £16


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

Join author Christopher Edge to explore the real-life science behind his new book, The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day. It’s Maisie’s birthday and she can’t wait to open her presents. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive.

Christopher will also be joined by Cosmologist Andrew Pontzen and the Ri science content producer FranScott to illuminate the exciting physics and cosmology inside the book: the perfect event for science enthusiasts and book worms alike!

This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+.

About the Speakers

Christopher Edge is an award-winning children’s author. His novel The Many Worlds of Albie Bright won the Brilliant Book Award as well as several other regional book awards and was also nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, as was his novel The Jamie Drake Equation, which was also selected by The Times as one of the best children’s books of 2017. His other books include the critically-acclaimed Twelve Minutes to Midnight trilogy, and he is also the author of the inspirational creative writing guides How to Write Your Best Story Ever! and How To Be A Young #Writer. 

Dr Andrew Pontzen is a cosmologist at University College London. His research, for which he was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s 2016 Fowler Award, focuses on the way that galaxies and other structures have formed in our Universe. He is also an experienced communicator of science on radio, TV and at events across the UK.

Fran Scott is a three-time BAFTA nominated science presenter, consultant and pyrotechnican, specialising in science demonstrations for both the stage and screen. With twelve years of experience in informal STEM education, she’s worked on more than 20 science television series, has successfully produced hundreds of science stage shows and events, and contributed to 13 science books and kits.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

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