The Science of Doctor Who Hits Cardiff!

Are you in Cardiff or the surrounding area? We’ve just heard that Cardiff-based publisher Candy Jar is hosting a week-long book festival in the Welsh capital as part of the city’s annual summer market.

Popular children’s science writers Mark Brake and Jon Chase will be kicking off the festivities at Cardiff Central Library (9th August, 12pm and 2pm) with their renowned free kids show The Science of Doctor Who, a fun-filled, exploratory journey into the world of the Doctor.

Over the years Mark has written a number of books for children including Space Hoppers, Really, Really Big Questions about Space and Time and The Alien Hunter’s Handbook. His new book Space, Time, Machine, Monster is an irreverent look at how science fiction and the good Doctor have impacted and changed our lives.

The festival is also hoping to attract new writers; Candy Jar will be accepting submissions for the second South Wales Short Story Competition up until the closing date of the 16th August. The previous winner, Laura Foakes, has been working closely with Candy Jar and her debut novel for children, The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy, has just been released.


Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing at Candy Jar, said: “As an independent publisher we are passionate about discovering and nurturing new authors across all genres. We are really excited to launch this festival. It will give us the chance to engage with readers, authors and aspiring writers, which is vital in this ever-changing industry.”

For further details on how to enter the short story competition please visit the Candy Jar website:, which will be regularly updated with more information on the festival and the author events. The festival takes place between the 9th and 16th August.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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