Pippa Goldshmidt

Tania Hirshman spent 13 years as a science journalist, writing for publications such as WIRED and NewScientist, before becoming a full-time write fiction. Her first story collection, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Her second story collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, was published in May 2012 by Tangent Books. Tania's stories and poems have won various prizes, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been published, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Pippa Goldschmidt's novel The Falling Sky (Freight, 2012) was runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize. She has a PhD in astronomy and worked as an astronomer. She has worked as a writer-in-residence at several academic institutions including most recently the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany. Her short stories, poetry and non-fiction have been broadcast on Radio 4 and published in a wide variety of publications including Gutter, New Writing Scotland, the New York Times. Her story collection The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space is published by Freight in May 2015.