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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 28th Apr 2015

The Tabernacle * with the Wellcome Book Prize

7pm

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.

Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews (pronounced tâves) was born in 1964 in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba, in Canada. She has published six novels - including A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth and All My Puny Sorrows - and a memoir of her father, Swing Low. Toews is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Governor General's Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (twice), and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. In 2007 she made her screen debut in the film Luz silenciosa. She was nominated for Best Actress at Mexico's Ariel Awards for her performance.

Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, graduating in 1979. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St.George's in 1987. He has been the subject of two major documentary films: Your Life in their Hands (BBC 2003 ) which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal and The English Surgeon (2009) which won an Emmy. He has recently published Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Seath and Brain Surgery (2014). An astonishingly candid insight into the life and work of a modern neurosurgeon - its triumphs and disasters. He has lectured widely on the subject of hospital architecture and design, keeps bees and makes furniture in his spare time. He was made a CBE by HM the Queen in 2010.