Wellcome Book Prize at Latitude Festival 2018

Wellcome Book Prize presents: WHERE’S YOUR HEAD AT? With Bryony Gordon, Dr Hannah Critchlow, Christie Watson and Ella Berthoud

Date/time: Sunday 15th July, 11.05am – 12.05pm
Venue: The SpeakEasy, Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

Feeling weary in mind or body? Join us for a Sunday morning pick-me-up with journalist and mental health campaigner, Bryony Gordon, founder of Mental Health Mates, author of Eat, Drink, Run and 2018 Wellcome Book Prize judge; neuroscientist and presenter Dr Hannah Critchlow, author of Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Book and 2018 Wellcome Book Prize judge, and former nurse, Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness, discussing how pills and high-tech interventions may not always be the answer to our ills.

Plus find literary tonic with School of Life bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud, author of The Novel Cure, prescribing personalised book remedies and more.

In partnership with the Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates the best books that explore our brushes with health, medicine, science and what it means to be human, this year awarded to Mark O’Connell for To Be A Machine. #WBP2018



Medicine and illness touch all our lives, and the Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the books that engage with these themes, and bring something new to our understanding of what it means to be human. Mark O’Connell won the 2018 prize for To Be a Machine.

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Ella Berthoud (moderator) founded the bibliotherapy service at The School of Life with Susan Elderkin in 2007, and she practises bibliotherapy at TSOL and around the world. She is the co-author with Susan Elderkin of The Novel Cure: an A-Z of Literary Remedies, and The Story Cure: How to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise. She lives in Sussex with her husband and three children, and also paints pictures. See more at her website www.ellaberthoud.com, and at www.thenovelcure.com.

Bryony Gordon is a journalist, author and mental health campaigner. She has worked at the Telegraph since 2000 and has had two Sunday Times bestsellers: The Wrong Knickers and Mad Girl. Her latest book is Eat, Drink, Run. She has a podcast series, Mad World, in which guests talk candidly about their mental health. Guests have included everyone from Prince Harry to a nurse. She is the founder of Mental Health Mates, a peer support group that now exists across the UK.

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. She worked in a variety of healthcare settings, but spent most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation nurse. Christie now teaches and writes and advocates for nursing. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was also published to international critical acclaim. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages.

Dr Hannah Critchlow loves all things brainy. With a background in neuropsychiatry, she has appeared on TV, radio and at festivals to discuss and explore the brain. She is the Science Outreach Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, has been named a Top 100 UK Scientist by the Science Council for her work in science communication, and is listed as one of the University of Cambridge’s “inspirational and successful women in science”. Her book on consciousness is out this summer and her second book, on the science of fate will be published spring 2019.

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