Royal Society to hold first literary festival

The Royal Society is holding its first literary festival in its 350-year history, with the likes of Sebastian Faulks, China Miéville and John Banville taking part.

The One Culture festival will take place on the 1st and 2nd October at the Royal Society in central London. Three-time Arthur C Clarke award winner China Miéville will discuss his work and views on science and fiction with Tom Hunter, director of the awards. Sebastian Faulks will talk about whether novelists have insight to offer the world of science. Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville will talk about the influence of science in his work.

Other authors scheduled to take part are Michael Frayn, Marcus du Sautoy and Georgina Ferry. The Royal Society will hold an event where children can meet some of the people involved in its Young People's Book Prize.

Professor Uta Frith from the Royal Society said: "Looking at this wonderfully colourful programme, it is clear that science is represented in literature far more than is commonly assumed, and we are delighted to feature a number of contemporary authors who can speak to this fact."