Mind and Body

Mind and Body
Looking after our wellbeing and understanding the complexities of the human body are vital for a healthy society. In this strand authors explore the complex functionality of the brain, the mysterious workings of the body’s mighty immune system and navigate the connections between physical and mental health. It’s 70 years since the National Health Service Act, and we’ve got inspirational stories of resilience from doctors, nurses and patients alongside a few survival guides for vulnerable human beings from authors who have been there.

The Dyslexia Question

Getting Children into Reading

Wednesday 15 August 19:00 - 20:00

Author-illustrator Lucy Volpin describes herself as ‘wildly dyslexic’ and never imagined she could be a writer; publisher Barrington Stoke specialises in super-readable children’s books that break down the barriers that can stop children reading....

Peter Dorward & Christie Watson

Being Kind in the Caring Industry

Thursday 16 August 17:45 - 18:45

Peter Dorward and Christie Watson both have tales to tell about the ethical and practical demands that are laid on doctors and nurses. Dorward has worked as a doctor across the globe and concludes that no matter how dedicated and skilled medics might...

Adam Kay

Doctor in the House?

Thursday 16 August 19:15 - 20:15

Working a 97 hour week doesn’t sound much fun for anyone, but when we’re talking about an NHS doctor, such a schedule could become a matter of life and death. In This is Going to Hurt, comedian and ex-junior doctor Adam Kay reflects on the often...

Building Resilience in Children

The Psychology of Happiness

Thursday 16 August 19:30 - 21:00

Positive social connection shapes a baby’s brain, developing the resilience needed to thrive, while adverse childhood experiences have been described as ‘the single greatest health threat facing our nation’. Join Michelle Jones and Kara Whelan...

Greg Wise

Not that Kind of Love

Friday 17 August 18:45 - 19:45

He’s known public acclaim in acting roles including Lord Mountbatten in The Crown, and he’s no stranger to private grief after the death of his sister Clare: Greg Wise has faced some brutal highs and lows in his life. In this annual event featuring...

Greg Wise with Sally Magnusson

A Sister's Life-Affirming Diary

Saturday 18 August 11:45 - 12:45

Clare Wise and her brother Greg were always close; she a film executive, he an actor. When Clare was diagnosed with cancer she began a candid, tender diary. When she became too ill, Greg continued it until after her death. Not That Kind of Love is the...