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Are Angels Ok? Takes Off

Are Angels Ok? Takes Off

On Wednesday 31 May, ten of New Zealand's finest creative writers will come together in Wellington to launch an innovative new book that traverses – in equal measures – the topics of wormholes, family, clouds, dark matter and love.

Are Angels OK? The Parallel Universes of New Zealand Writers and Scientists, an anthology published by Victoria University Press, is the result of a series of blind dates between writers paired with physicists – allowing our writers access to the profound and beautiful symmetries that define our Universe.

Wellingtonians can see all of the writers – Catherine Chidgey, Glenn Colquhoun, Dylan Horrocks, Witi Ihimaera, Lloyd Jones, Elizabeth Knox, Margaret Mahy, Vincent O'Sullivan, Chris Price, and Jo Randerson – and project directors Bill Manhire and Paul Callaghan, at this special event chaired by Kim Hill.

Are Angels OK? 7.30pm, Wednesday 31 May, Paramount Theatre $12, including a complimentary glass of wine

Are Angels OK? is a Smash Palace Fund collaboration between Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters, the physicists of New Zealand, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. The Smash Palace Collaboration Fund, a partnership between Creative New Zealand and the Ministry of Research Science and Technology, aims to support the convergence between the arts and science as a building block for innovation and creativity.

A small troupe from the project - Paul Callaghan, Witi Ihimaera, and Jo Randerson - led by Kim Hill, has been invited to present the project at the Cheltenham Festival of Science on 9 June. They will also present at a special reception at the NZ High Commission in London at 6.00pm on 13 June, and at Cambridge University's McCrum Lecture Theatre at 6.00pm on 12 June, where there is a large population of ex-pats.

Radio New Zealand's Kim Hill will broadcast her regular Saturday Morning Show live from the BBC Studios in London on 17 June. She will also interview many scientists and ex-pats while in the UK.

The trip to the UK has been generously funded by British Airways, Victoria University of Wellington, the NZ Institute of Physics, Radio New Zealand, British Council New Zealand and The University of Auckland and the Royal Society of New Zealand.


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