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Kids Quiz the Experts!

Adults - do your children ask you more questions than you can answer?

Kids - are you bursting with things you'd like to find out?

If you've got burning questions about life, the universe and everything, then we would love to hear from you.

We at CUP Bookshop have a series of family talks planned for the Cambridge Festival which is being held in late March and early April this year, but we need your help.

We have invited seven friendly and enthusiastic authors to answer any and all the questions children can throw at them and we're going to video the results and share them during the festival. We want to show that there is no such thing as a silly question and hopefully challenge our experts to think about things from a fresh perspective.

We're inviting questions from 9-16 year olds on a range of subjects and we want imaginations and inquisitiveness to run wild - if Doctor Who can ask it, so can we!

Here are our subjects and links to find out more:

Is there life beyond planet earth?

Growing up - minds, bodies and how we live in the modern world

Volcanoes and what lies beneath the Earth's crust

Migration, identity, and the idea of home

Climate change and the future of the planet

The big bang and what makes up the Universe


Our experts in action

Mike Berners-Lee presents There is No Planet B

Annie Zaidi on Identity

Wallace Arthur on life in the Universe

Charlotte Markey on Why Dieting Doesn't Work

Clive Oppenheimer on volcanoes in the BBC's Infinate Monkey Cage podcast

Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes on Black Holes and the 2020 Nobel Prize


And here are some links to inspiration

Alien Worlds - Netflix TV series

What might happen if you fell into a Black Hole?

Gender stereotypes and youth mental health


If you, your children or any you know have anything on their minds we would love to hear it.

Please fill out this form or send a quick voice recording or message to the email address below and we will collect the questions and fire them at our experts. Once we’ve got the question, any recordings will be deleted.

The questions will be asked anonymously, although we'd appreciate a first name or initial and an age so we can introduce them properly to our authors.

If you would like to know more about how we use your information, then please take a look at our Privacy Notice, or have a parent or teacher look at it with you.

Ask anything - after all, children are the future of exploration, discovery, sustainability and society.

If you could get any submissions in by February 14th, 2021, that would be much appreciated.

Thank you!


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