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Science Writing Prize 2012 – Bill Bryson on Popular science writing

13 Apr, 2012

Popular science writing is one of the most cherished arts in the communication of science. The writer demonstrates the ability to successfully take complex concepts and terminology and weave them into an enthralling narrative, rich with life, drama and story.

In this short film, bestselling author Bill Bryson explains how his passion to understand the world around him led him to tackle A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of both the Aventis Prize for Science Books 2004 and the Descartes Science Communication Prize 2005.

Watch our other science storytelling videos.

The 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the Guardian and the Observer, is currently open. Up until the competition deadline, we’re hearing from established science writers and communicators on their craft. The series is being published on our blog and the Guardian’s site over the coming weeks. You can find more tips and advice in the ‘How I write about science’ series that ran ahead of last year’s competition.

Find out more about the Science Writing Prize on the Wellcome Trust website – the closing date is 25 April 2012.

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