Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Murderous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt

Scottish Book Trust is having another of its "Authors Live" online events next Thursday (1st December, 11-1140am). This time it features Kjartan Poskitt, a mathematician like no other, who will entertain pupils with maths tricks, crack them up with jokes about mathematical formulae and engage them with complex algebra. The event is suitable for children aged 8-14 and if you register your class to watch before Thursday you could win a set of Kjartan's Murderous Maths books - but if you don't win them, check the list of his books that we have here in Jordanhill Library. If you miss the live event you can watch or download the video afterwards using the same link as above.
Kjartan is a freelance everything. Since getting his engineering degree he has worked on Saturday morning TV (including BBC's Swap Shop!), presented science and maths programmes, warmed up thousands of studio audiences, toured his one man show, played a lot of pub pianos very loudly and has been Widow Twankey. In recent months he has been touring the country demonstrating mathematical tricks and oddities from his books. These have been translated in up to 20 languages and include the Murderous Maths series, The Gobsmacking Galaxy, Isaac Newton and his Apple, the Warp Maze with cartoonist Stephen Appleby, four books in his notorious Killer Puzzles series, handbooks on practical jokes and secret codes, six support books for the BBC Schools series Megamaths and a GCSE maths guide. He has also written songs and scripts and worked as a games consultant for a wide range of children's TV shows. 
This nationwide event is part of the Meet our Authors programme, run by Scottish Book Trust and sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance. There is also a Meet our Authors Facebook page where you will find background information, interviews, video clips and weblinks all about the programme, plus a great competition for each of the events which you can enter (Facebook account needed).

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