This evening is going to change your life, just a little, and all in the right direction. Two of our speakers. Rachel Kelly and Gemma Cairney have worked out strategies for turning depression and unhappiness into something really positive, while Radio 4 regular Farrah Jarral talks about the meaning of happiness in our culture. The evening will be part-workshop, part-discussion and there will also be chance to share your own experiences.
Our speakers are, in no particular order of favouritism:
Farrah Jarral is a writer, broadcaster and inner-city GP. She made her radio debut in 2013 with a talk on cheekiness as a form of non-revolutionary resistance, and in 2016, wrote and presented a major BBC Radio 4 series on the history of her greatest passion: social and cultural anthropology. She is currently working on a Radio 4 documentary about the acceptability of grown ups playing, and writing a book on the human soul.
Rachel Kelly: fizzes with good energy, throws great dinner parties, loves life and yet, fifteen years ago, while a mother to young children, was floored by severe depression. Her journey back to mental health and well-being came first through poetry - you can read about it Black Rainbow - through simple steps in Walking on Sunshine. Now she’s turned her attention to how food nourishes the mind with her best-selling The Happy Kitchen, written with nutritionist Alice Mackintosh.
Gemma Cairney: You might well have heard Gemma spinning the discs on Radio 1, one of her many talents. No-one texts Joy in such cheery CAPS LOCK. For Heads-Up she’s going to bring out Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be, a guide through the maze of growing up. It's aimed at young people but, actually, we reckon most of us still feel 14 faced with many of life's problems.
Please note, this is a longer evening than usual, but with a break in the middle.
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