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Nerd Nite London at Stoke Newington Literary Festival – June 1st 2018

Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along.

Address: Library Gallery, 184 Stoke Newington Church Street, N160JS

Details: Friday June 1st 2018

Tickets: Early nerd tickets £6, general admission £7.50.  Tickets available here

Doors open 6.30pm, event starts 7.30pm

Nerd Nite London is delighted to return to Stoke Newington Literary Festival – join us to learn about the artistic relationship between Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer, the circadian rhythms of our sleep, and hear stories of people whose medical diagnoses are so strange even their doctor struggles to know how to solve them – all while drinking beer. Be there and be square.  Also- don’t forget to check out the rest of the Festival’s programme – including Chelsea Clinton, Ali Smith, The Secret Barrister, no.1 best-selling Adam Kay, Olivia Laing, John O’Farrell, Diana Henry, Emma Gannon, the Remainiacs, Aaron Gillies (Technically Ron), The Guyliner (aka Justin Myers), Lucy Mangan, Thurston Moore, Claudia Roden, Meg Wolitzer, Luke Harding, John Crace, Roger Robinson, Salena Godden, Tim Wells, Malcolm Garrett, Sir Christopher Frayling, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Momtaza Mehri, Dave Haslam, Penny Rimbaud and many, many more… http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/the-programme/

Our line up:

Brainstorm: Detective stories from the world of neurology

The brain is the most complex structure in the universe. Accompany one of the UK’s top neurologists as she tries to puzzle out some of the most eye-opening symptoms medicine has to offer. In Brainstorm Suzanne O’Sullivan tells the stories of people whose medical diagnoses are so strange even their doctor struggles to know how to solve them. A man who sees cartoon characters running across the room; a girl whose world turns all Alice in Wonderland; another who transforms into a ragdoll whenever she even thinks about moving. It’s a journey that will open your eyes to the unfathomable intricacies of our brains, and the infinite variety of human capacity and experience.

Suzanne O’Sullivan is a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. She specialises in the investigation of complex epilepsy and also has an active interest in psychogenic disorders. Suzanne’s book about psychosomatic illness, It’s All in Your Head, won both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Royal Society of Biology Book Prize.

Sweet dreams are made of this

In this presentation, international sleep specialist Dr Katharina Lederle draws on the latest research and her experiences as a sleep therapist to explore the importance of sleep on our health and well-being. And in doing so, she shows how the quality of our sleep is directly connected to the three pillars of a health and wellbeing; physical health, cognitive performance, and emotional wellbeing. This presentation will provide practical advice and simple tricks to optimise your sleep through making positive changes to your daily routine and lifestyle.

Dr Katharina Lederle is a human sleep and fatigue specialist who helps people improve their sleep and live their lives to the full. Katharina gained an MSc in Biosciences in Germany. She then completed a PhD in Human Circadian Physiology & Behaviour (the human body clock) at the University of Surrey, looking at the effects of light on human sleep patterns

The Sound of Music in Christopher Nolan Films

 Director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer have collaborated on six films and in the process, they’ve changed the way film music is made. Find out the stories behind the scores from Interstellar and Dunkirk, how Nolan and Zimmer use auditory illusions to shape the stories, and what makes their partnership tick.

Jennifer Nelson is Executive Producer at Classic FM, where she produces film music show ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’. She has written a book to accompany the show, exploring 12 successful creative partnerships between film directors and composers, and is a Trustee of the Cambridge Film Trust. She has a love/hate relationship with popcorn.

Making the Monster

100 years on, and Mary Shelley’s creation has become part of our everyday culture, from cartoons to Hallowe’en costumes. Even the name ‘Frankenstein’ has become a by-word for evil scientists and dangerous experiments. How did a teenager with no formal education come up with the idea for an extraordinary novel such as Frankenstein?

In this presentation Kathryn will explore the scientific background behind Mary Shelley’s book. Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster?

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. Kathryn completed a PhD then a postdoc at the University of York before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed far more than spending hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. Kathryn went on to run outreach in engineering, computing, physics and maths at the University of Surrey, which involved writing talks on science and engineering topics that would appeal to bored teenagers, and she is now a science communicator delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. During Stoke Newington Literary Festival, all proceeds go towards literacy projects in Hackney.  More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NerdNiteLondon or visiting www.london.nerdnite.com.