Abu Dhabi international book fair's virtual session series continues with 'Horrible science' author Nick Arnold

Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, the British writer conducted weird and wonderful experiments from his laboratory to boost children's interest in science

  

Abu Dhabi, UAE: With the postponement of the 30th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) until next year, a number of authors and artists who were booked to appear at the event have instead been presenting Virtual Sessions from their own homes.

Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the latest live stream took place on Thursday evening with Nick Arnold, the British writer of weird and wonderful science and history books for children. Presented from his laboratory in the UK, the online show gave viewers the chance to see Arnold’s quirky experiments and fun stories from the safety of their own homes.

With help from his assistant Mr Cuddles, a velociraptor dinosaur, Arnold detailed how the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid 66 million years ago. He was then accompanied by a rabbit named Mr Fluffy to explain how gravity and friction worked. He also demonstrated an optical illusion that appeared to allow one to look through one’s own hand with a cardboard tube.

Arnold is best known for writing the Horrible Science series of books, which combine humour and horror to make science more accessible for children and enthuse a hunger for knowledge and learning. He has also written the Wild Lives series and presented the Horrible Histories television show on Nickelodeon.

Previous ADIBF Virtual Sessions included a presentation by famous illustrator Korky Paul, in which he read and drew from his multi-million selling Winne and Wilbur series, and another with Annabel Karmel, the renowned nutrition expert and cookbook author, who demonstrated a healthy and delicious recipe for children.

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About the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction, which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The organization manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programs relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. DCT - Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honor the emirate’s heritage. A key role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base. dctabudhabi.ae

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