• Jack Cheng, author of See You In The Cosmos, sends video message from across the miles.
  • Local Waterstones hides ‘golden tickets’ in his book in run-up to January 1 and 2 event.

Christmas came early for the organisers of a popular Scottish New Year event when a well-known American children’s author gave it a huge thumbs-up from across the miles.

Jack Cheng, author of See You In The Cosmos, got wind of the space- and zodiac-themed Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes taking place on January 1 and 2 at The Helix, Home of the Kelpies, in Falkirk. And he got to work on recording a video postcard touting what he promises to be a truly “stellar” way of kicking off 2019.

In an extra festive gesture, the Detroit-based writer and “lover of anything to do with outer space” agreed to a golden ticket giveaway in copies of his book in the run-up New Year.

Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes will see Helix Park transformed into an interactive light experience with performers, puppetry, art, and a giant 3D floating sculpture of Earth by renowned artist Luke Jerram. It features a 4K walk from The Helix to The Kelpies and back

Jack, whose book is about love, companionship and a young boy’s fascination with outer space, says in his video message:

“As you may have gathered from my book, I love pretty much anything to do with outer space. Fire & Light is an illuminated, magical outdoor event for all the family. The special guest this year is Earth… so basically, Fire & Light this year is going to be out of this world. I urge you to channel your inner astronaut, your inner astronomer, and we’ll see you – not in the cosmos, but at The Helix for Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes.”

As part of Jack’s endorsement of the event, Waterstones bookstore in Falkirk has hidden 15 pairs of tickets to Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes in copies of See You In The Cosmos. The offer is valid until December 28, 2018.

Anna Plant, senior events officer with Falkirk Community Trust, organiser of Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes, said:

“It’s fantastic – literally! – to have Jack Cheng on board with our event, and we’re also thankful to Waterstones in Falkirk for their collaboration on our golden ticket giveaway. We know that lovers of See You In The Cosmos will also love Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes. And if you don’t have any luck finding a pair of golden tickets, remember there are still some for sale via our box office.”

Tickets for Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes are available every 15 minutes from 4.30pm-10.00pm on Jan 1 & 2. For tickets please follow this link or go to www.thehelix.co.uk