The latest news from the Cosmic Shambles Network

August 6th 2018
Hello everyone, 
It’s been a busy summer at Cosmic Shambles HQ! When we haven’t been melting as a result of the reality of climate change, we’ve been busy putting together lots of live events and new content for you all.

If you’re headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival there’s no shortage of Shambles fun. We’ll be doing six episodes of Book Shambles live on August 17 and 19 – 23rd. These shows are part of the PBH Free Fringe which means entry is completely FREE. It will be at 5:30pm on the afore mentioned dates at Bannerman’s so do come down. Robin Ince will be hosting with a different special guest each show. Our first announced guest is Mark Watson on the 23rd, and keep an eye on the main site and our Twitter for new announcements.

There’s also a Barry Crimmins celebration benefit evening at The Stand on the 16th with Robin Ince, Reg D Hunter, Sofie Hagen, Mark Thomas, Janey Godley and many more so make sure you get along to that. Tickets for this incredible lineup are just £10! And Robin will be performing two solo shows as well, The Satanic Rights of Robin Ince and Chaos of Delight. If you’re not familiar with Barry and his incredible life, check out the documentary we made about him surrounding our benefit gig for he, wife Helen and Clic Sargent last year here.

On September 8th we’re delighted to be part of the London Podcast Festival. We’ll be doing an episode of Book Shambles Live at 7pm at Kings Place. Joining Robin as co-host will be, in her first live outing since becoming a proud mum, a returning Josie Long! Special guest to be announced. Tickets start at £9.50.

Then we’re back at Kings Place on November 1st for a very special event. To celebrate the launch of Robin’s new book, I’m a Joke and So Are You, we’ll be presenting a psychological variety night.  In this one-off show, Robin will be performing stand-up based around the book and be joined by special guests who were interviewed for the book, comedic, therapeutic and musical. You won’t want to miss this. Tickets are £15 and include a £3 discount voucher for the book which Robin will be signing after the show. Tickets are here.

There’s been lots happening on the site too. As she begins her 8 week Arctic Research mission, Dr Helen Czerski has begun an exclusive blog series, Blog in A Teacup, from her ice-breaker ship for the network. You can read the first post now. On the blog front Robin has written a few pieces about the Edinburgh Fringe also.

Our Richard Feynman documentary, All Genius, All Buffoon has been out for a while now, so if you’ve not had a chance to listen to that, now’s a great time to catch up. Presented by Robin Ince with new and exclusive interviews with the likes of Professor Brian Cox, Professor Jon Butterworth, Dr Helen Czerski, Chris Addison and many more plus music from Grace Petrie, The Duelist and The F-Gs.

New episodes of Book Shambles are out too including some of those recorded at Royal Albert Hall and the Latitude Festival. Guests include Adam Buxton, Hannah Fry, Matt Haig, Ian McMillan and Jen Brister. And if you’ve ever wondered why we don’t all like the same books or find the same jokes funny, Ginny Smith sat down for a chat with Dr Dean Burnett about the neuroscience of taste in a brand new video. We’ll have lots of new science videos from Ginny coming up in the next few months also.

If you fancy reliving the bonkers extravaganza that was Space Shambles at the Royal Albert Hall, lots of incredible images from our photographers Steve Best and Andy Paradise are on the site now. Chris Hadfield, Robin Ince, Reece Shearsmith, Sheila Atim, Public Service Broadcasting, Rusty Schweickart, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Lucie Green and loads more.

And as always lots of the Shambles contributors have other projects on the go you should check out. John Luke RobertsThe Guilty FeministNathaniel Metcalfe and loads more are up at the Fringe. You can pre-order Festival of the Spoken Nerd’s new DVD here, and Grace Petrie and She Makes War both have new albums on the way and tours underway. Robin’s book tour is typically about 100 dates in 12 days so check out those here. Dan Davis, Lucy Cooke, Mark Miodownik and Hannah Fry have all just been nominated for the Royal Society Book Prize so be sure to listen to them on Book Shambles then get their books too. And Matt Parker and Shambles producer Trent Burton have been making more maths videos too.

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