To include WI tea and cake
Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean it’s all made up.
Kathryn Harkup celebrates the use of science in the fiction of Agatha Christie, holder of the Guinness World Record as most successful novelist of all time. Kathryn takes one of fourteen different Christie novels in each chapter and investigates the poison/s the murderer used. Why do certain chemicals kill? How do they interact with the body? What is the feasibility of obtaining, and detecting these poisons?
‘fascinating’ The Times
‘superbly captures the texture of Christie’s book’ Daily Mail
‘Has lethal charm’ The Washington Post
Kathryn Harkup after completing a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphenes, for six years ran the outreach in engineering, computing, physics and maths at the University of Surrey, writing talks on science topics that would appeal to bored teenagers. Now a freelance communicator, she delivers talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.
*…THE GREEDY QUEEN
‘all vulgarity is crime’ [and] ‘Those who have much are often greedy.’ Oscar Wilde
Annie Gray gives us a new perspective on Britain’s now second longest reigning monarch: from her greed to her selfishness at the table, and her indigestion. Relying on food as a lifelong companion, with her when so many others either died or were forced away by political factors, Victoria had a huge impact on the way we all eat today.
The Greedy Queen was runner up in the inaugural Jane Grigson Trust Award 2016.
Annie Gray, after graduating from the University of Oxford, did her MA at the University of York and started her PhD (completed in Liverpool) where she is a research associate. Her core research interests include food and dining in public history (esp. c.1600-1960). Annie is the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet,
presented Victorian Bakers on BBC2 in 2016, and is a regular contributor to BBC2’s James Martin: Home Comforts. As a food historian on TV she appears with Lucy Worsley, Nigel Slater, Paul Hollywood, Heston Blumenthal and Jay Rayner, among others. Behind the scenes she advises on food and the social history around it, including for the BBC4’s
award-winning Calf’s Head and Coffee.
This afternoon’s events are sponsored by The Campden BRI