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Jim Al-Khalili to speak at bluedot Festival

Jim Al Khalili
Written by Steven White

The renowned theoretical physicist will spill the electrons on the science behind his thrilling debut novel, Sunfall.

Since 2016, Bluedot has been the UK’s most intergalactic festival that fuses music, science, arts and culture for an unforgettable weekend of education and entertainment.

Based at Cheshire’s iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory, this year the festival runs from 18th to 21st July and weekend tickets are £179. Or you can buy tickets for a particular day and night at varying costs. The good news for families with younger children is that children five and under go free.

This year, while the likes of New Order, Hot Chip and Kraftwerk 3-D will be rocking the music stages, Jim Al Khalili will be commanding the DotTalk stage to discuss his debut novel, Sunfall. Set in 2041, Jim will explain the cutting-edge science behind his book that sees a race against time to stop an end-of-world catastrophe that could actually happen.

Beyond Jim’s fictional writing, he’s also the author of 12 books on science, as well as teaching and conducting theoretical research in quantum physics at the University of Surrey. On top of all this, he’s presented various TV science documentaries and for the past seven years, he’s fronted the award-winning weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific

The festival’s national media partner, New Scientist will also bring an exciting and interactive space workshop to the festival giving visitors the chance to delve into the smells of space as described by ISS astronauts. Festival goers will also have the chance to find out further information abut the world’s most popular weekly science and technology magazine and secure access to exclusive subscription offers.

For more information or to book tickets, visit

Sunfall is available now, RRP £16.99.

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