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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Sun 24th Apr 2016

Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist

The Tabernacle

4pm

Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered science and cultural affairs for Wired and other magazines for more than 20 years. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Time, Nature and Salon. He is the author of Neurotribes, a study of autism that won the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. It is shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.

Amy Liptrot

Amy Liptrot

Amy Liptrot is a writer who has published her work with various magazines, journals and blogs and has written a regular column for Caught by the River, out of which her Wellcome Book Prize 2016 shortlisted book The Outrun emerged. As well as writing for her local newspaper, Orkney Today, and editing the University of Edinburgh’s student newspaper, Amy has worked as an artist’s model, a trampolinist and in a shellfish factory. The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind and the moon to restore life and renew hope.

Suzanne O’Sullivan

Suzanne O’Sullivan

Suzanne O’Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, working first at the Royal London Hospital and today as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She also works for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. Alongside her work with those suffering from physical diseases, she has developed expertise in working with patients with psychogenic disorders. Her book exploring the real world of psychosomatic illness All in Your Head has been nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.

Alex Pheby

Alex Pheby

Alex Pheby was born in Essex and moved to Worcester in his early childhood. He has Master’s degrees in critical theory (Manchester Metropolitan University) and creative writing (Goldsmiths, University of London) and a doctorate in critical and creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Alex’s first novel, Grace, was published in 2009. His work deals with madness and social exclusion, loss, and the middle ground between reality and fantasy. His second novel, Playthings, has been nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016. He currently lives with his wife and two children in London, where he teaches at the University of Greenwich.

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London. A former Waterstones bookseller, she is now Project Director of the charity Quick Reads and Associate Editor of The Bookseller magazine. She is also Book Editor at Prima and does a book club with Nikki Bedi on her BBC Radio London show on the first Friday of every month. Her memoir, The Last Act of Love, about the life and death of her brother has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.



Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of Cold Earth (2010), Night Waking (selected for the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2011), and Bodies of Light (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2015), as well as the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She spent 2009–10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Iceland, and wrote an account of her time there, Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland, that was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013. Her latest book Signs for Lost Children has been nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.