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Science fiction legend Brian Aldiss is giving the first English class at the Idler Academy this term.

Mr Aldiss will be in conversation with actor Sir Timothy Ackroyd and Melli Bond, and will discuss the creative process and his long and successful career as a writer.

Says Idler Academy founder, Idler editor and Penguin author Tom Hodgkinson: "We're delighted to welcome a writer of the stature of Brian Aldiss to the Idler Academy, and look forward to a fascinating evening." Mr Aldiss appears on Tuesday 6 September. Doors open at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome: there is no sign-up process involved. Just buy a ticket.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney gives the Idler Academy's first science class of the term. He is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and author of the international best-seller, The Cloudspotter's Guide. Gavin has chosen waves as his topic. Says Tom: "Again it's a delight to have Gavin back for a talk. We founded the Idler magazine...

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