Posted in Microbes

Vaccines, Shots That Protect You

Hello everyone!

I recently worked with online open-access science journal Frontiers For Young Minds, to create illustrations for their article “Vaccines, Shots That Protect You“. (https://kids.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frym.2019.00031)

Herd protection_col2Antigen on microbes_colWhat vaccination can bring_col

The article explains how vaccinations work, why vaccines are vital, and how they protect you and those who you surround yourself with. Make sure to check it out! Frontiers For Young Minds have many great articles on microbes and other science subjects to tickle your curiosity!

Advertisements
Posted in Microbes

Microbes Book Presentation for Book Week Scotland 2018

Wow-wee!

On Monday 19th November, I did a Microbes book presentation as part of Book Week Scotland 2018 at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The event was fully booked, filled with 400 school kids and teachers. It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever presented too. Thank you to everyone who came!

I spoke about how I got into microbiology and creating Microbes. I also briefly talked about four groups of microbes that my book covers including bacteria, virus, fungi and protozoa. The talk was broken up with images from the book, a live demonstration of a science experiment, and microbes themed videos.

1_reduced.jpg

5_reduced.jpg

4_reduced.jpg

3_reduced.jpg

Towards the end, I answered questions and signed books. Another thanks go out to everyone who purchased the book that day! Your enthusiasm and support mean so much. 🙂

If you didn’t get a chance to buy the book, you can purchase it online through Amazon, Waterstones, or through my publisher, Thunderstone Books.

 

Till next time,

Amy

 

Posted in Microbes

Book Week Scotland 2018

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while! I’m back with more Microbes action!

On Monday 19th November at 10am I will be doing a live book presentation at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library as part of Book Week Scotland 2018. Yay!

I will be talking about my book and the fascinating world of Microbes. In addition, I’ll be conducting a couple of Microbes themed science activities, and I shall get members of the audience to help me! The activities include self-inflating balloons using yeast, growing bacteria in petri dishes, and demonstrating how to protect yourself against nasty colds and viruses!

selfinflating balloon.jpg
Self-Inflating Baloon Activity – A simple fun experiment you can do at home using yeast, sugar, warm water, a plastic bottle and a balloon!

At the end of the presentation, there will be a Q&A followed by book signings. (I’ll be doodling a microbe in every book!) You can also pick up a free bookmark designed by me!bookmarks.jpg

I hope you can join me!

Till next time,
Amy

Posted in Uncategorized

Small update and book review!

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re having a pleasant weekend. I recently returned from a month trip to Finland! I was invited there to take part in a comic and illustration residency called “Comic Blast” hosted by Arteles. I had an incredible time, and it impacted me in a very positive way. I really appreciated having the luxury of spending a month on a creative project without any life commitments distracting me.

It made me realise how much joy I feel when producing meaningful work, and that I need to focus on my creative side more. I spent the month working on a short comic about my Mum’s childhood, where she grew up in a poor but close-knit community in South London. You can get a glimpse of what I got up to on my Instagram. (@amiluu_scribble) I’m trying to fit in this personal project amongst my other commitments, but I hope to have it completed within a year’s time.

In other news, Lauri Fortino at Frog on a Blog recently gave a positive review for Microbes! You can find it here: https://frogonablog.net/2018/05/05/my-view-book-review-microbes-by-amy-gallagher/
Thanks Lauri Fortino!

Until next time,
Amy

Posted in Microbes

Even More Bacteria!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season! 🙂
In my previous blog post, I talked about a private book launch event with a local school. During the event I had volunteers swab different surfaces in an effort to collect and grow bacteria in petri dishes containing nutrient agar. After a few weeks, the school sent me photos of the petri dishes, with some fantastic results!

I’m sure the students were amazed as well as disgusted with their findings! I bet they will be making the extra effort to wash their hands from now on. 😉

You can find out about bacteria in my book, Microbes, where I cover the different shapes of bacteria, how they reproduce, and the problem with resistant bacteria and antibiotics.
bactera_shapes_RGB.png
If you’d like to purchase a copy of Microbes, you can find it on Waterstones, Amazon and from my publisher, Thunderstone Books.

If you’re interested in growing your own bacteria in petri dishes, follow this link or this link.

Happy bacteria growing!
Amy

Posted in Microbes

Microbes Book Launch

Hello everyone! 🙂

I had a brilliant launch last week on Thursday 7th and Saturday 9th December! I want to thank everyone who attended and who purchased a copy of Microbes!

On Thursday 7th I had two Year 5 classes from a local school join me for Microbes-packed fun. They participated in science experiments where we inflated balloons with carbon dioxide produced by yeast, made “germs” scatter, collected bacteria to grow in petri dishes and made some SLIME!

 

After the experiments, we had a Q&A session followed by me signing and doodling in purchased copies of Microbes.

Saturday 9th was a more relaxed event, where parents and children both got involved. There was plenty of colouring in of different Microbes characters, and fun using a USB microscope to see amazing detail of tiny objects, such as pennies. I also performed demonstrations of the science experiments, talked to parents about the book and answered questions.

I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to share Microbes with everyone and celebrate its launch. I have had a wonderful time connecting with many people and receiving incredible positive responses. I want to thank Thunderstone Books for allowing me to share Microbes with the world and for their continual help and commitment to the book, to Didsbury Library for allowing me to use their space, to St.Catherine’s Catholic Primary School for getting involved and celebrating the launch with me, to my family and my partner Joshua for their help and support, and to everyone who has so far purchased a copy of Microbes!

If you haven’t yet got a copy, but would like to purchase one you can find Microbes on Amazon, Waterstone’s and my publisher’s website Thunderstone Books.

Thanks everyone! 🙂

Amy