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.
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. 🙂
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
I’m excited to announce that Microbes is now available! Horrah!
I’ve arranged the Microbes book launch too! Double horrah! There will be two events held at Didsbury Library, (692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 2DN).
On Thursday 7th December, I will have two Year 5 classes from St.Catherine’s Catholic Primary School to attend an hourly session of Microbes packed fun! I have designed activity sheets, colouring pages, and prepared simple science experiments.
On Saturday 9th December the event will be open to the public from 10am – 12.30pm. Please join me during this time to celebrate the launch of Microbes! You will be able to purchase a copy at the library (cash only please!), and I’ll be happy to sign or doodle your copy too! Otherwise, you can order Microbes from Waterstones or from Amazon, or my publisher, Thunderstone Books.
I’ve also set-up a Facebook event where you can find information about the event and updates here.
I hope to see you on Saturday 9th December!
Have a super duper weekend!