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Nathan Filer and Christie Watson in Conversation

Hear two award-winning writers challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care and mental health and offer fresh insights into what it means to be human, in a talk chaired by Christina Patterson.

In their first appearance onstage together, Nathan Filer and Christie Watson take us on a journey into medical wards they know intimately as qualified nurses.

Filer is a qualified mental health nurse whose debut novel, The Shock of the Fall, about the loss of a young man grieving the death of his brother, won numerous awards including being named The Costa Book of the Year.

Drawing on twenty years of experience as a nurse, Watson’s bestselling book The Language of Kindness ranges from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, chronicling a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

Join the pair as they discuss new ways of thinking about mental health, each other, and about ourselves.

In Nathan Filer’s first nonfiction book, The Heartland, he invites us to reconsider one of the most misunderstood conditions: schizophrenia.

Drawing on conversations with with world-leading experts and some extraordinary people who share their own stories about living with this strange and misunderstood condition, Filer examines the cultural associations and misconceptions which cloud our understanding of this complex diagnosis.

Christie Watson spent most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation officer, which involved teaching and clinical work on hospital-wide crash teams.

Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was also published to international critical acclaim.

Christina Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and former director of The Poetry Society. She writes for publications including Sunday Times and The Guardian about society, culture, politics, books and the arts.

Her first book, The Art of Not Falling Apart, published last year, was described by The Times as ‘a beautifully written and uplifting memoir’ and picked as a Book of the Year in The New Statesman.

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