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The Whole Scope of Sky
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Under-represented Voices in Science Writing

In this event, the Institute of Physics inaugural Writer in Residence Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan will bring together writers to talk about science writing across genres and disciplines, from science fiction, to poetry, to science communication. Joining her will be poet Viviana Fiorentino, medical expert, journalist, editor and public educator Dr. Shubhangi Karmakar, researcher and poet Dr Carolann North, and writer and curator Morgan L. Ventura.

This event is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland in collaboration with the Institute of Physics.


Viviana Fiorentino lives in Belfast. Her poems appeared in anthologies (Dedalus Press, Salmon Poetry, Arlen House) and magazines ( i.e. The Stinging Fly) and were recorded for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive (UCD). She translated Irish poet Freda Laughton into Italian (Arcipelago Itaca Press, bilingual Ed.). In Italy she published a novel and two poetry collections. She is one of the winners of the 2022 Irish Chair Of Poetry Student Prize. Viviana is supported by a SIAP grant founded by the ACNI. She is a board member of the Irish PEN and Le Ortique, an initiative to rediscover forgotten women artists.

Dr. Shubhangi Karmakar is a Clinical Tutor in Psychiatry, with postgraduate degrees in Translational Medicine and in Medical Law. They are a TEDx speaker, a public educator with contributions to the Oireachtas, IHREC and BBC News, and a freelance journalist writing for the Business Post, Medical Independent, the Journal, among other publications. They are Trainee Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, with almost a decade of experience in journal reviewing and editorship, including as Editor in Chief of the Trinity Student Scientific Review, and the Trinity Postgraduate Review and International Journal of Medical Ethics. They have also been an Advisor shaping the programming and communication priorities of the Science Gallery Dublin. They are a READ Advisor to the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, working on inclusive co-production in ethical clinical research affecting vulnerable communities. They hold the 2021 Jeremy Swan Medal in Medical Jurisprudence, Ethics and the Law in Trinity College Dublin, and they are currently training in a postgraduate law degree at the King's Inns. They are passionate about developing rights- and choice-affirming physical health, public policy and social services for vulnerable people.

Dr Carolann North is an independent researcher and poet in Northern Ireland and co-investigator on the 2022 Books Beyond Boundaries NI project which fostered diversity in speculative writing. Her specialisms include identity politics in SFF and contemporary American literature, and is recognised internationally for her creative and academic publications.

Morgan L. Ventura is a writer and curator, who recently obtained their MA in Poetry from the Seamus Heaney Centre. Currently PI of a digital repatriation project funded by the University of Exeter's Imagining Futures through Un/Archived Pasts initiative, Morgan also holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Their short fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lackington's, Strange Horizons, and The Honest Ulsterman, among others. Morgan's research and writing has received support from the Fulbright-Hays, Mellon Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Chicago's Field Museum, and Poetry Day Ireland.

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