Guest post: Nick Arnold on Horrible Science + COMPETITION

Written by Nick Arnold, the best-selling Horrible Science series has been read by millions of children (and quite a few adults) worldwide. It has also been adapted by Birmingham Stage Company into a theatre production that will be at Town Hall fromTuesday 3 – Sunday 7 December.

Read on for a chance of winning tickets to one of these performances

With more than 30 books in the series, on subjects ranging from Blood, Bones and Body Bits to Killer Energy, Painful Poison to Microscopic Monsters, and lots more ideas up his sleeve, author Nick says it’s impossible not to be drawn in to the world of Horrible Science.

The thing is that science is everything. It is all around us. We live it every day. When I was at school we were taught that science was this subject or that subject – biology or chemistry – but everything we do is about science. And a lot of it is actually very easy to grasp.

I can’t see that I will ever run out of subjects because I am constantly coming up with ideas. Science is really about being alive – and until such time as this life is suspended those ideas will keep coming. There are lots more books I want to write. I would like to do another one looking at human evolution, then robots as they are really interesting, then space because so much is changing so quickly there. I would also like to write about atoms because that field is moving so fast and children will really need to know more about it.

The thing about a Horrible Science book is that actually it is all about imagination. The more you know the more you want to know and the more you want to develop that.

Which is one of the reasons that Nick believes the stage show has been so popular. Created by Birmingham Stage Company, who have also adapted a series of Horrible Histories productions, it tells the story of Billy Miller who enters the mad theme park world of Horrible Science. With time against him, Billy has to battle lots of hideous facts and factors to ensure life can go on.

The stage show is about entertainment. It is like going to the cinema only better. Who doesn’t like watching a good film? And when that film is live and has got lots of great bits in that is an added bonus.

On top of that it uses 3D and I can put my hand on my heart and say it is much better 3D than you see in the cinema. Some of the effects are mind-boggling. When I saw it there were children and adults who were clearly enjoying it.

And finally it is education. Parents can take their children knowing they will enjoy it and learn something – and I mean the parents as well as the children!

Horrible Science will be at Town Hall from Tuesday 3 December to Saturday 7 December. For more information on the show, including performance times, and to book tickets visit the event pagehere

To celebrate, we have three prizes to give away, including books, goodie bags and tickets to the show. One first prize winner will win a family ticket (for 4 people) to the performance on Friday 6th December at 7pm, a selection of Horrible Science Books and a Horrible Science goodie bag. Two runners-up will each win a book and a goodie bag. Horrible Science books are published byScholastic Ltd

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send your answer to the following question to digital@thsh.co.uk by midday on Wednesday 4 December.

What force keeps us from floating about in mid air?
1. Electricity
2. Gravity
3. Very strong glue

Original interview by Diane Parkes