Dragon Hall Debates: Death
It happens every day, and all of us have been affected by it. But why is death and dying a taboo topic? Is there hope beyond the grief? Rachel Clarke, writer and clinical specialist in palliative medicine will be giving a personal and moving account of her experiences in end of life care; UEA’s Dr Guy Peryer will argue for the necessity of improvements to palliative care; and Norwich Castle Museum’s Faye Kalloniatis will explore historical practices through the lens of Egyptology.
Doors open for all events at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Before going to medical school, Dr Rachel Clarke was a television journalist and documentary maker. She now specialises in palliative medicine, caring deeply about helping patients live the end of their lives as fully and richly as possible – and in the power of human stories to build empathy and inspire change. Her first book, the Sunday Times bestselling Your Life in My Hands, reveals what life is like for a junior doctor on the NHS frontline. Her forthcoming memoir Dear Life (Little, Brown, Jan 2020) is based on her work in a hospice. It explores love, loss, grief, dying and what really matters at the end of life. Rachel has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, New York Times, Independent, Telegraph, Prospect, BMJ, NEJM and Lancet. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, BBC Woman’s Hour, ITV News and Sky News, among others. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.
Faye Kalloniatis is a research associate at Norwich Castle Museum. She works on the museum’s Ancient Egyptian material and has just published a catalogue on this collection. She is also an editor for the M.i.N. project (‘Museums in the Nile Delta’), which researches and publishes some of the lesser-known treasures on display in a number of small museums spread across the Nile Delta.
Dr Guy Peryer is a lecturer in UEA’s School of Health Sciences. An expert in end of life care, Guy is a Research Fellow for the NIHR East of England Applied Research Collaboration. He is the UEA lead for the Norfolk and Waveney NHS Palliative and End of Life Care Collaborative, which has designed the strategic vision for palliative and end of life care across the county, and defined the goals for service transformation. From 2020 this will apply to over 10,000 people who are expected to die in Norfolk each year.
The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome.