Claudia Hammond and Tom Solomon explored how Roald Dahl's fascination with the brain influenced some of his most famous characters. "All in the Mind" - the show that looks at psychology, neuroscience and mental health. Wednesday 28th June 2017
Download the programme here; Dahl feature starts at 7 minutes 50 seconds.
Real life but not as you know it. Radio 4's Saturday morning show, hosted by Aasmah Mir and the Rev. Richard Coles, brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people. Tom Solomon joined comedian David Baddiel, Olympic diver Chris Mears, and Paleobiologist Dr Tori Herridge.
On the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, Dr Tom Solomon discusses how the writer's fascination with medicine inspired many of his characters such as the BFG. As a junior doctor, Tom shared many late night conversations...
Talk about a sell out! 510 people registered for this free event at the Victoria Gallery and Museum's Leggate Theatre, which has a capacity of 250; we managed to squeeze in 315, before we had to close the doors (sorry to those that couldn't get in - we did warn you, first come first served!).
Aided by his Christmas elves, Tom used Roald Dahl’s stories in this fun interactive Christmas show, to explain how the body works, what can go wrong and how we can fix it! We also learned what Roald Dahl thought about Christmas, and saluted his hero Mother Christmas!
At a packed Victoria Gallery and Museum, Tom spoke about Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine and how and why he came to write the book. Afterwards Professor Sally Sheard (Professor of the History of Medicine) and Dr Esme Miskimmin (convenor of the Children's Literature module) led the audience discussion.
Then there was a drinks reception and book signing, with representatives from the charities being supported by the book. The event was part of the Being Human Festival: Hope & Fear.
At the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Tom Solomon spoke about his book during Dahl: The Phizz-Whizzing Storyteller. The session was chaired by Nicolette Jones who is the children's book editor at The Sunday Times, and included Dahl's official biographer Donald Sturrock and Jillian Tayor, who has edited a new edition of Dahl's adult stories.
Book signing after the event
Meeting some other authors in the Green Room: Reginald D Hunter, the Reverend Richard Coles, Ed Balls, and John Simpson.
Article by Jack Malvern in The Times article after the Cheltenham event.
Professor Tom Solomon's Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine sold out within a week of its launch.
An unprecedented for Liverpool University Press, Director Anthony Cond said of the book "It’s such a fabulous and unique book that we expected it to do well, and produced a thousand copies. But to have to do a second print run so soon was completely unexpected.”
A few copies are still available via Amazon, who have stockpiled, and the next run should be available from October 30th.
Meanwhile, book events are also proving popular; tickets for the Cheltenham Literary Festival (Thursday 13th October) are selling fast, and th...
Tom Solomon's debut book Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine launched at Kings Place Festival in London on the 11th of September.
The big day began with event "Dahl for Grown Ups" presented by Times Literary Supplement's Toby Lichtig, where Tom and Donald Sturrock (writer, Dahl's biographer) discussed the appeal of Roald Dahl to an adult audience. During the hour, Solomon and Sturrock talked about the many facets of the author, his incredible imagination and were challenged to choose their favourite Dahl short stories for adults. For Tom, these are William and Mary and Bitch, both of which have stron...