International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland



Helen Keen is a comedian and writer who creates pioneering live science-comedy shows and innovative and award-winning radio programmes.


It Is Rocket Science, her space science stand-up show, has so far launched three popular and critically acclaimed series on BBC Radio 4, winning the 2013 Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Media Award, nominated for the 2014 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy and winning the 2015 Association of British Science Writers’ Royal Society Radio Prize.


Helen was appointed the first Comedian in Residence at Newcastle University's Centre for Life, made regular appearances in Stewart Lee’s The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), and compered CERN's first live comedy night (attracting CERN’s largest online audience since the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson).


In February 2015 she wrote and presented Finding Your Voice, a BBC Radio 4 documentary about Selective Mutism - a condition from which she suffered as a child and adolescent. The programme was praised by both critics and support groups for its exploration of an often misunderstood condition.


Her latest series - Big Problems with Helen Keen - explores whether it will be possible to use technology to solve the world’s problems and was broadcast throughout June 2015 on BBC Radio 4. She has been appointed a 2015 WIRED Innovation Fellow.


Most recently she has teamed up with her co-writer Miriam Underhill to form a production company that will specialize in developing innovative and imaginative content in science-based comedy.







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