Events 2017

Canterbury Festival – A is for Arsenic

8pm Thursday 26th October 2017

Why did Agatha Christie use poison so often to dispatch characters, and why do their poisons of choice provide such important clues to the identity of the murderer? Kathryn Harkup explores the fascinating background to the novelist’s detailed chemical knowledge, illustrated by the use of poisons in her classic crime novels.

A is for Arsenic will be a fascinating talk, exploring why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering, and detecting these killer compounds.

Tickets available here 


Forest Arts Centre – Poison Cocktails

12-6pm Saturday 28th October 2017

The first ever Festival of Spirits.

We’ve transformed the Green Room bar into a speak easy with more than 30 gins, vodkas, whiskies and rums to try.

Your £10 ticket includes up to four samples of your choice. There will also be live music, talks and a chance to meet distillers. Kathryn Harkup will also be talking about some killer cocktails and poisonous aperitifs.

More information here


Barts Pathology Museum – Making the Monster

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Making the Monster explores the science behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster? The century before its publication saw huge advances in our understanding of science, particularly electricity and physiology. Sensational science demonstrations caught the imagination of the general public, and newspapers were full of lurid tales of murderers and resurrectionists. From stories of artificial life and experimental surgery, to ‘monsters’ and electrical experiments on human cadavers, Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Shelley and inspired her most famous creation.

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