Yes, it’s finally here! You Can’t Polish A Nerd is now available to buy in multiple formats from the Spoken Nerd shop, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store, YouTube Movies, Xbox and Maths Gear.
We’re incredibly proud of how it’s turned out, after 18 months of throwing everything we’ve got at the production. And yes, we really have released the show across 227 limited edition floppy disks… you can still buy an individual 3.5 inch disk with a unique numbered 30 seconds of the show, a special presentation version of the DVD booklet, and an HD download of the show so you can actually watch it. But you have to be quick – stocks are running low, and once all 227 are gone, they’re all gone!
Or more accurately, my voice has been incorporated into an artwork by my friend and artist Yu-Chen Wang in collaboration with CERN.
I am sort of the voice of the bubble chamber… if you want to understand what I mean, you can go see it now in the Broken Symmetries exhibition at FACT in Liverpool. It’s touring later in 2019 to a host of other cities including Brussels and Barcelona.
Lots of news for February… Series 2 of our experimental (literally) Radio 4 show Domestic Science airs tonight at 11pm and for the next three Wednesdays, and we’re back at Soho Theatre for 7 nights in March. Also our fabulous book The Element In The Room is released in North America.
With seven nights at Soho Theatre in March, a new series of our Radio show, more from An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail and a Great Lives documentary about my current favourite physicist, inventor (and Marie Curie’s penpal) Hertha Ayrton… 2018 is looking busy already, so here’s a little summary of what’s in store.
Our new Festival of the Spoken Nerd tour is on sale, with tickets racing out the door from Exeter to Durham, Norwich to Southampton, Lancaster to Cambridge. Plus one final night at the Duchess Theatre on London’s sparkling West End.
Don’t miss your chance to see our all-new show, featuring radioactive bananas, gravitational waves, inter-dimensional high-fives and a whole heap of Pi.
It’s finally here! The radio series I wrote with my sister, Dr Kat Arney, about whether the Victorians were really that ingenious, is out on BBC Radio 4 all this week. Collect all five episodes, from Squirrels and Cars to Beards, Darwinism and Water Flushing Toilets.
We (that is Matt, Steve and me as Festival of the Spoken Nerd) are recording our first comedy series for BBC Radio 4 next month: “Domestic Science”.
Cue excitement! And sound effects!
The recordings are 10th and 20th May, with an afternoon read-through for a very select audience on Friday 6th May at 3pm. If you can join us at any of those we would love to see some friendly faces there. Tickets for the 6th are available now, but you need to follow our twitter feed and Facebook events to get tickets for the actual 10th May and 20th May recordings.
The shows will be broadcast some time in July on BBC Radio 4, and downloadable from the BBC Radio Player for 28 days afterwards. I’m told you can listen to the Radio Player from anywhere in the world, so no excuse not to tune in once they’ve been broadcast in the UK!
If you’d rather see me doing something live, I’ve got a heap of festival appearances coming up: Udderbelly Festival on the South Bank, Imperial Festival, Devizes Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, Oxfordshire Science Festival, Nine Worlds Convention, Solarsphere Music & Astronomy Festival and the new Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory. All tickets and info here.