Friday, May 19, 2006

Lablit Piece

I was invited to write this little piece for Lablit on how I changed career (from a scientist to a novelist) and how I incorporate science in my novels.

The Lablit site is a very interesting one - it sets out to explore the relationships between science and the arts. In days gone by the two went hand in hand and there are moves afoot to make it so again.


Blogger Jason Erik Lundberg said...

Excellent article, Clare.

Fri May 19, 10:52:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thrilled you are back - and your article on the Lablit site is spectacularly inspiring - footprints in the snow for this aspiring writer who has an agent interested but is wondering if their work is good enough to step up to the mark
thank you

Fri May 19, 02:37:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article Clare!
You said it so matter of factly, but I do wonder how many people could say they met their spouse in a nuclear magnetic resonance room...

Fri May 19, 10:25:00 pm  
Blogger Kay Cooke said...

good to see you back. I really enjoyed reading about your writing history - and about your education in science as well and how the two merged. My husband is an ex-Civil Engineer who now teaches science and maths at high school level. When I am more fiancially fluid (I think'fluid's' the right term!) I will buy your book - I'm sure we will both enjoy it. In NZ too there is some talk of arts and science coming together, e.g physics and poetry.

Sat May 20, 12:27:00 am  
Blogger Lee said...

Are you familiar with the work of Rebecca Goldstein? A novelist and philiospher who has recently written about Gödel. She talks a lot about the 'third culture' of science-based humanists.

Sat May 20, 11:27:00 am  
Blogger Jonathan Wonham said...

Interesting article Clare. I had a similar struggle with my parents over taking a science or arts direction at A Level. My O level results tended to suggest the logical option of science so I didn't have much say in the matter really.

Like you, I don't really regret the science choice. If you have it in you to be a writer, it doesn't really make any difference whether you have an exam to prove you have read King Lear (or whatever...)

And what does it take to be a writer? A curious need to be heard on your own terms, and incredible tenacity. An education in science can train at least one part of this equation.

Sun May 21, 10:49:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin: Thank you glad you liked it - my life in a nutshell..*

*or maybe a snail shell!

Thanks Jason...

and thanks anon. If you have an agent interested you should feel much encouraged, I think.

Crime Fiction: heh heh - I supoose I could add that my future husband showed me how to shim the machine. So romantic...

Chiefbiscuit: Yes, poetry and physics in particular (out of all the sciences) seem to marry particularly well. Maybe because quite a bit of physics is so very abstract.

Lee: No I hadn't heard of her, so thanks very much - sound very interesting.

Jonathan: Tenacity and a need to be heard - that's it exactly - that's what we are all trying to do all the time.

Sun May 21, 07:54:00 pm  

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