Five speakers, 15 minutes each to blow your mind. A quick-fire exploration of the mysteries of our bodies and brains, from medical conditions so strange they leave doctors baffled, to mental illness and the art of body modification. Featuring:
- Rachel Clarke, author of Your Life in My Hands
- Gavin Francis, author of Shapeshifters
- Jack Hartnell, author of Medieval Bodies
- Suzanne O’Sullivan, author of Brainstorm
- Aarathi Prasad. author of In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine
Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
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About the speakers
Rachel Clarke is an NHS hospital doctor who specialises in caring for patients at the end of life. She originally studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at university. Prior to her career in medicine, she worked as a television journalist, producing and directing current affairs documentaries on subjects such as Al Qaeda, the Gulf War and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before deciding at the age of 29 to retrain as a doctor. When the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, sought to impose a new contract upon junior doctors, Rachel was at the forefront of the campaign against the government, arguing in print and on screen that imposition would irrevocably damage the NHS. Website
‘Rachel Clarke writes as the accomplished journalist she once was and as the leading junior doctor she now is – writing with humanity and compassion that at times reduced me to tears.’ – Jon Snow, Channel 4 News on Your Life in My Hands
Gavin Francis is a GP, and the author of True North and Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and Costa Prize. He also writes for the Guardian, the Times, London Review of Books and Granta. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children. Website
‘A sober and beautiful book about the landscape of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent.’ – Hilary Mantel on Shapeshifters
Jack Hartnell is Lecturer in Art History at the University of East Anglia. He has previously held positions at Columbia University, the Courtauld Institute, the Max-Planck-Institut and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Website
Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, first working at The Royal London Hospital and now as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. She specialises in the investigation of complex epilepsy and also has an active interest in psychogenic disorders. Suzanne’s book about psychosomatic illness, It’s All in Your Head, won both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Royal Society of Biology Book Prize.
‘Remarkable… It should be on the reading list of every medical student’ – P.D. Smith, Guardian on Brainstorm
Suzanne O’Sullivan @ 5×15 – The reality of imaginary illness
Aarathi Prasad was born in London to an Indian mother and a Trinidadian father and was educated in the West Indies and the UK. After a PhD in genetics, she worked in research, science policy, and communication. She has presented documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. She is the author of Like A Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex; and In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine. She works at University College London. Website
‘[A] focused and fascinating journey’ – Nature, on In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room
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