Reading the Final Chapter

Reading the Final Chapter
Death, it defines life but is one of the hardest things to deal with, a taboo we rarely fully explore. The written word provides the perfect medium to tackle ideas around mortality and express our deepest emotions. Both as writers and readers, we can find solace in words and narratives on the final chapter. With leading writers such as Sarah Gray, Richard Holloway, Greg Garrett and Carla Valentine, this series brings together an extraordinary range of international authors whose sometimes heartbreaking stories offer hope and cast an unflinching eye on ethical matters such as organ donation and assisted dying. Plus a look at our obsession with zombies and how the genre allows us to explore challenging themes.

It Takes a Village

Portraits and Personal Stories

Saturday 12 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care has worked with artist and photographer Colin Gray to produce a powerful series of portraits and personal stories exploring the many guises care takes as health deteriorates. View the exhibition, take part in...

It Takes a Village

Portraits and Personal Stories

Sunday 13 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care has worked with artist and photographer Colin Gray to produce a powerful series of portraits and personal stories exploring the many guises care takes as health deteriorates. View the exhibition, take part in...

Sarah Gray

A Life Everlasting

Sunday 13 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

‘As long as they’re healthy’ is often the mantra of expectant parents. For Sarah Gray, that went out of the window on discovering that her unborn son Thomas had a terminal condition. In A Life Everlasting she describes how, rather than meekly...

Julia Samuel

Surviving the Grieving Process

Tuesday 15 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

When you’re in the middle of grief, there seems to be no clear road out of it. For 25 years, psychotherapist Julia Samuel has been working with families to cope with their overwhelming sense of loss and bereavement. She talks to Joanna Moorhead,...

Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts

Dead Poets’ Society

Wednesday 23 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Whitbread Poetry Award-winners Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts first combined forces on their acclaimed 2011 book Edgelands, which was serialised on Radio 4 as was their new work, Deaths of the Poets, a series of meditative journeys to the death...

Greg Garrett

The Zombies are Coming

Thursday 24 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

What is it about us and zombies, and why do we watch so many films about them? Greg Garrett, author of Living with the Living Dead, says it’s because zombies stand in for a variety of other threats, from Ebola to terrorism. And watching zombie films...

Edward Docx & Rick Gekoski

Happy Families

Friday 25 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In British novelist Edward Docx's Let Go My Hand, the Lasker family is in crisis, with one last chance to put things right. Rick Gekoski's Darke centres on a doctor who eats little but drinks and smokes a lot. He is writing a 'coming of old age' journal...
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Greg Garrett & Carla Valentine

Death Becomes Them

Friday 25 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Discover the modern attitudes towards death which drive two narratives. Greg Garrett considers the significance of western culture’s fascination with a zombie apocalypse, suggesting representations of it thrive in times of perceived global peril....

Robert McCrum

Stalked By Death

Sunday 27 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

The only certainty in life is inevitable death. Some cultures celebrate that fact, while others brush all talk of mortality firmly under the carpet. Heavyweight literary critic Robert McCrum has been concerned with his own death since suffering a...

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