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Pippa Goldschmidt

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Email write@pippagoldschmidt.co.uk
Local authority: East Lothian
Languages: English
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My writing is influenced by my previous career in astronomy and I'm interested in using fiction to explore and communicate science. My first novel, The Falling Sky, is about an astronomer who discovers evidence contradicting the Big Bang theory, leading to her professional and personal breakdown. My short story collection, The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space, examines the hidden lives of real and imaginary scientists; in these stories Einstein takes a ride in a lift with a dead baby, a young Robert Oppenheimer tries to murder his tutor with a poisoned apple, and a young girl develops a phobia of maths because of her grandmother's hidden tattoo.

My short stories, poetry and non-fiction have been broadcast on Radio 4 and appeared in a wide variety of publications including Gutter, New Writing Scotland, the TLS, The New York Times, The Scotsman and anthologies such as A Year of Scottish Poems (Macmillan).

I enjoy talking about the links between science and literature at live events; I've spoken at many schools, community events and festivals (including Wigtown Book Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write! and Orkney International Science Festival) and enjoy running writing workshops.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Contemporary fiction; Emigration & immigration; Family; Historical fiction; Science; Science fiction

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+