Free Lucy Hawking webcast will be out of this world

Category: Press Releases

Children across Scotland are set for an experience that is out of this world on 22 May, when author Lucy Hawking takes part in a free event to be broadcast live across the country as part of Scottish Book Trust’s Authors Live programme.

Young fans of science who tune in to the free webcast will be guided through the scientific theories behind each of Lucy’s four George stories, co-written with her father, physicist Stephen Hawking as well as many other world leading scientists, and will be given a world-exclusive preview of her new book.

The event, run by Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning and part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, is suitable for children aged 7-12 and will be streamed live from the BBC Scotland Learning website on Thursday 22 May at 11am. It can also be watched after 22 May on the Scottish Book Trust website.

The George series of adventure stories is based on Professor Hawking’s 40-year career in science and is aimed at bringing the complex science to a newer and younger audience. To date Lucy and her father have written four novels together, with the fourth book, George and the Unbreakable Code, to be published on 15 May 2014. Lucy has toured the world, giving popular talks on physics, astronomy and cosmology to young people and is also the winner of the Sapio Prize for Popularizing Science 2008.

Commenting on the upcoming event, Lucy said:

 ‘We will be blasting off on a voyage of imagination and discovery, using story telling to travel across the universe and unlock the secrets it holds. It promises to be a great cosmic adventure!’

Jasmine Fassl, Head of Schools at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Lucy Hawking to the Authors Live stage – her event promises to be hugely engaging and I would encourage as many schools as possible to tune in to take part in a cosmic treasure hunt, discover the secret key to the universe and learn the science behind the fantastic George stories.”

 Jenny Niven, Portfolio Manager at Creative Scotland, said:

In between giving presentations to NASA and helping people through her amazing charity work, Lucy Hawking has written a series of brilliant adventure stories which also answer some of the biggest questions we have about space and time. What a brilliant opportunity for young people in Scotland, and beyond, to have Lucy appear via Authors Live.”

The award-winning Authors Live programme is an exclusive series of authors’ events streamed live over the internet to provide young people, parents and teachers with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading children’s writers.

 Over 800,000 people from 153 countries across the world have tuned in to watch the Authors Live events. The programme began in March 2010 with poet Michael Rosen, followed by author of The Gruffalo and Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. The programme has also seen events from world class authors Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon.

 Notes to Editors:

  • Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to people worldwide.
  • Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries.  Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively.  For further information on Creative Scotland please visit  Follow us @creativescots and
  • The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.

 For all Press queries, please contact Helen Croney, PR and Marketing Coordinator: - 0131 524 0175 – 07751 69 58 54