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    An Extra Pair of Hands: Friendship and Care

    Sat 30 Oct 2021, 7.45pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
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    Michael Rosen, novelist

    Michael Rosen, Romalyn Ante and Christie Watson come together with chair Kate Mosse to share their experiences of our National Health Service.

    They tell their stories and discuss the care involved in friendship – and the friendship involved in care

    Michael Rosen’s Many Different Kinds of Love is a resounding tribute to the NHS and the human spirit from a dearly beloved poet. Combining new poems with nurses’ medical diaries and his own reflections, this powerful account of Rosen’s desperate struggle with Covid-19 celebrates the power of community and the indomitable spirits of the people who keep us well.

    Award-winning poet Romalyn Ante also works full-time as a specialist nurse practitioner. Her debut collection, Antiemetic for Homesickness, is rooted in care of all kinds. Ante writes with generosity and tenderness, exploring migration, nursing and community in a dislocated world.

    In The Courage to Care, her remarkable new book about nursing, family and sacrifice, Christie Watson, the bestselling author and a nurse with more than 20 years’ experience, brings us stories of bravery, wisdom and kindness. Just as we all need compassion, so are we all capable of providing it. We too can reach out, we too can take the time, we too can listen.

    Kate Mosse is an international bestselling novelist, playwright and nonfiction author with sales of more than 8 million copies in 38 languages. Renowned for bringing unheard and under-heard histories to life, she is a champion of women’s creativity. She is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World, and is a Visiting Professor of Contemporary Fiction and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Her latest book, An Extra Pair of Hands, was published in June 2021. She lives in West Sussex with her husband and mother-in-law.

    Dates & times

    Sat 30 Oct 2021, 7.45pm


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