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Dr Sarah Jackson and Robert Power: Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 1
Fri, April 28, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM BST
Dr Sarah Jackson and Robert Power will be discussing Creative Writing and Mental Health.
Sarah Jackson is an award-winning poet, short-story writer and critic from Nottingham. She is the author of a poetry collection, Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012), which won the Seamus Heaney Award and was the readers’ nomination for the Guardian First Book Award, and Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). Sarah has read her poetry, fiction and criticism throughout the UK and abroad, including at the British Library, the Royal Albert Hall and Cambridge and New York Universities. She is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, where she is currently writing a book about the telephone.
Robert Power is a geneticist who works to identify the genetic differences that predispose people to illnesses. He has worked on a wide range of health issues, from infectious diseases to psychiatric disorders. Of particular interest is his work on the genetic relationship between creative professions and psychiatric disorders. This Icelandic study showed that individuals with careers as writers, musicians, and painters had a higher genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder than that of the general population. This suggested the same genes might be involved in creativity and these illnesses. He is currently a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow at the Africa Health Research Institute, University College London, and a Junior Research Fellow at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.
The event will be chaired by Richard Hamblyn.
Further details to follow.