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Ways With Words – The Secret Lives of the Elements

3.15pm Friday 15th July 2022 – Barn, Dartington Hall

The elements in the periodic table, like us, are an extended family – some old, some new, some shy, some exuberant or unreliable. Dr Kathryn Harkup reveals the quirks and oddities behind these neat rows of elements, revealing a family tree with black sheep, wayward cousins and odd uncles. Kathryn shares remarkable tales of discovery, inspiration and revolution.

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The Secret Lives of the Elements

Published 7th October 2021!

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The perfect book to escape our human-sized existence and take a tour of the atomic world instead. Witty, well-researched and packed full of skilled storytelling, this book is one secret I won’t be keeping to myself.

Helen Arney

Vampirology; The Science of Horror’s Most Famous Fiend

Out now!

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Our fascination with the vampire myth has scarcely diminished since Bram Stoker’s publication of the classic Dracula tale in 1897, but how much of that lore is based on fact and can science explain the origins of horror’s most famous fiend? Vampirology charts the murky waters of the vampire myth – from stories found in many cultures across the globe to our sympathetic pop-culture renditions today – to investigate how a scientific interpretation may shed light on the fears and the phenomenon of the vampire myth.


Science communicator, chemist & vampirologist.

Kathryn is a chemist and author. She completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed a bit more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. She writes and gives regular public talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science.

Kathryn’s first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA Book Award. She has also written Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s FrankensteinDeath by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts and Vampirology: The Science of Horror’s Most Famous Fiend. Her most recent book is The Secret Lives of the Elements.


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