Wednesday, 15 December 2010

On the first day of Godless Christmas...

Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.

Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly):

Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, our now-annual rational Christmas extravaganza, returns tonight for a sold out seven night run at London's Bloomsbury Theatre, featuring nightly performances from Robin Ince, Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Matt Parker, Baba Brinkman and Jo Neary, with special guests including Al Murray, Richard Herring, Chris Addison, Josie Long, Alan Moore and many more (see the full line-up for a nightly guide to who's on).

For those of you wondering what Nine Lessons is all about, or to help get you in the mood if you're coming to a show, we recommend reading Stephanie Merritt's excellent piece on the rise of rational, sceptical comedy from our November/December issue, in which she speaks to Robin Ince, Josie Long and Al Murray about comedy's response to pseudoscience and unreason.

We'll be working backstage at this week's shows to bring you some exclusive video content from the performers – take a look at our YouTube channel to watch the videos from last year's shows. As a preview, here's our interview with Robin Ince at end of the final show last year:

Watch this space for updates and video content throughout Nine Lessons, which runs from 15-22 December, and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@NewHumanist) if that's your thing. If you are using Twitter at Nine Lessons, please add the #GodlessChristmas tag.

Also, if you're attending, look out for us in the lobby, where you'll be able to buy a copy of our latest issue, which comes with a free one-hour DVD of the 2008 shows. We'll also be handing out leaflets for our special prize draw, in which the first prize is a meal for two at London's famous Gay Hussar, at which cartoonist Martin Rowson will come along and draw you and your companion while you eat, with you keeping the finished artwork. Quite a prize, we're sure you'll agree, so be sure to pick up a flyer at the theatre.
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