Information on Talks
Stuart Clark is an experienced public speaker. For twenty years, he has presented illustrated talks across the UK (and around the world) to astronomical and scientific societies, to literary festivals, Humanist groups, history societies, branches of the WI and the U3A. He has spoken on cruise ships, to solar eclipse tour parties, to book clubs, in bookshops and cafés, at science centres, village halls, schools and in museums. Stuart excels at explaining the complex world of astronomy to the general public and his knowledge ranges from scientific history right up to today’s cutting edge discoveries.
Stuart Clark is based north of London in Hertfordshire. He charges between £100 and £300, depending on the event, the venue, the distance, the number of people attending and whether you are selling tickets or not.
His talks are based on the topic of his current book, or one of his previous books, or sometimes on an article he has recently had published, often in New Scientist. Stuart may be able to offer you a choice of subject from the very basic in the form of a whirlwind tour of the Solar System to thought provoking questions such as: ‘Do we need a new theory of gravity?’ or 'What’s wrong with the Sun?’
Stuart has written a trilogy, fictional but based on fact, about the lives and work of scientists who changed the way the people of their time perceived the universe. The first, The Sky's Dark Labyrinth was published in hardback in May 2011 by Birlinn Polygon, and the paperback came out in the November with a taster for the second story at the back. Again the talks he has given about this have been well received. The second part, The Sensorium of God was published in February 2012 and the third The Day without Yesterday followed at the beginning of 2013.
Because of its relevance to the solar contribution to climate change, he is still being asked to present the talk which comes from his book The Sun Kings, shortlisted for a prize by the Royal Society. Another of his popular talks is The Big Questions: The Universe, based on his 2010 book published by Quercus.
Stuart also talks about his move from academia to journalism, and about the challenge of writing fiction when you are known for non-fiction. At the end of his talks he enjoys answering questions about anything astronomy, space or climate related.
At each talk his assistant, Nicola, would like to set up a bookstall offering discounted copies of some of his titles for cash or cheque.
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