The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Saturday 22 June

The Theatre

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

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

Following his very popular talk at the Ri last year, award-winning author Christopher Edge is back! Join him to explore the real-life science behind his new novel, 'The Longest Night of Charlie Noon'. Bletchley Park's Tom Briggs and UCL astrophysicist Amelie Saintonge will also be on hand with demonstrations to further illuminate the scientific topics explored. 

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. 

After 30 years as a nerd (including seven years as a mathematics teacher), Tom Briggs suddenly found himself in the ultimate geek job: traveling the length and breadth of the land in the company of an actual Enigma machine from World War II.
Together they spread the story of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking heroes far and wide and make the most of an excellent opportunity to spread enthusiasm for mathematics.

Amelie Saintonge is an associate professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at University College London. My research is currently funded by the Royal Society through a University Research Fellowship. Her research programme is centered around the question of what regulates the growth and evolution of galaxies. In particular, she uses radio telescope to make a census of the cold gas contents of large sample of galaxies; understanding when, where and how galaxies efficiently form stars out of gas is key in identifying the mechanism driving their evolution.


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

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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