This is science with all the squishy bits left in. As author of the world famous 'Horrible Science' books, Nick Arnold knows more than a thing or two about the more disgusting and creepy corners of science.
Join Nick for a live spectacular featuring funny facts, scary stories and explosive experiments on stage. He'll need plenty of audience participation – are you brave enough to take part?
'Horrible Science' has amazed children for more than 20 yucky years with blood-curdling biology, frightful physics and crazy chemistry.
Nick will be selling and signing copies of his books after the talk.
This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+.
Copies of Nick's books from the 'Horrible Science' series will be available to purchase at the end of the talk.
This is a theatre event, where the speaker and audience are together in our Theatre.
This event will not be livestreamed.
About Nick Arnold
Nick Arnold is the award winning author of 50 best-selling books including the 'Horrible Science' series. This series along has sold over 15 million books in 30 countries.
When he is not writing, Nick spends his time travelling around the UK, giving talks to children in bookshops, schools and more. He also travels across the world, and was the first British children's author to tour China.
Nick's first 'Horrible Science' book was published in 1997 and even in those days his favourite subjects for stories were horrible goings-on – the more gruesome the better. So you see, he hasn’t changed a bit.
Outside of writing books, Nick founded the Appledore Book Festival for which he is still a Patron today. He is also a keen historian, having recently discovered the lost site of the Battle of Cynuit from 878.
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