The organisers are pleased to announce the second seminar in the ‘Medicine, Health and the Arts in Post-War Britain’ seminar series. This seminar examines the relationship between medicine, health and literature and is being hosted by Bristol University on the 16th March from 2.30-5.45pm. This time includes three papers, Q&A and a reception.

The seminar is free to attend and we have limited funds from the Wellcome Trust for return travel from Exeter and Plymouth to Bristol (we will either cover travel in full or subsidise it, depending on demand). However, this travel allowance is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis so please get in touch ASAP if you are interested. ALL BOOKINGS FOR THESE SEMINARS MUST BE MADE BY 5PM MONDAY 5th MARCH, as we need definite numbers to finalise room bookings in Bristol.

The seminar features three speakers who will examine the reciprocal relationship between medicine/health and literature:

  • James Whitehead (King’s College London): ‘Common Concerns? Literature and Medicine since 1945’
  • Patricia Novillo-Corvalán (University of Kent): ‘A Case Study in Post-War Literature and Medicine’
  • Fiona Hamilton (University of Bristol):’The Heart of the Matter: Creating Meaning in Health and Medicine through Writing in Post-War Britain’

The seminar will finish at 5.45pm to allow interested parties to attend a public lecture at the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, at 6 to 8.30 pm. You can hear ‘Al Alvarez in Conversation’ and then John Fuller, Edward Lucie-Smith, and Tom Raworth reading their poetry. This is free, but places need to be booked separately. More details and how to book are here.

Further information about this seminar can be found on the Literature and Medicine Poster. Information about the final two seminars on ‘music’ and ‘drama’ to be held in Exeter (bookings being taken now) are available at the seminar series website.

For all enquiries or any further information on the seminars, please contact Sam Goodman or Victoria Bates.


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