Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Matt Haig & Jordan Stephens on mental health and creativity

In this episode we bring you highlights from author Matt Haig’s recent interview at Southbank Centre about his new book Notes on a Nervous Planet and musician and campaigner Jordan Stephens talks to Ted Hodgkinson about the relationship between mental health and creativity.

Mental health and creativity featuring Matt Haig and Jordan Stephens by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast

Following on from the mould-breaking memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig’s new book is a personal look at living with anxiety in the age of social media. We bring you key moments from his conversation last month with Bryony Gordon, offering insights on the why staying happy is difficult in our comparative culture and the relationship between the internet and his writing process.


There’s a lot of ‘I’ and ‘self’ wrapped up in the consumerist world we live in
Jordan Stephens

Jordan Stephens is best known as one half of the hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks and has since led a range of campaigns challenging stigma about mental health for the likes of the YMCA and the NHS. He talks candidly to Ted Hodgkinson, Southbank Centre’s Head of Literature and Spoken Word, about the expectations of fame, masculinity and anxiety have shaped his life and fuelled his music.


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