5 speakers 15 minutes each
Sun 24th Apr 2016
Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist
Steve Silberman is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered science and cultural affairs for Wired and other magazines for more than 20 years. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Time, Nature and Salon. He is the author of Neurotribes, a study of autism that won the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. It is shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.
Amy Liptrot is a writer who has published her work with various magazines, journals and blogs and has written a regular column for Caught by the River, out of which her Wellcome Book Prize 2016 shortlisted book The Outrun emerged. As well as writing for her local newspaper, Orkney Today, and editing the University of Edinburgh’s student newspaper, Amy has worked as an artist’s model, a trampolinist and in a shellfish factory. The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind and the moon to restore life and renew hope.
Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, first working at The Royal London Hospital and now as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. She specialises in the investigation of complex epilepsy and also has an active interest in psychogenic disorders. Suzanne’s book about psychosomatic illness, It's All in Your Head, won both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Royal Society of Biology Book Prize. ‘Remarkable… It should be on the reading list of every medical student’ - P.D. Smith, Guardian on Brainstorm
Alex Pheby was born in Essex and moved to Worcester in his early childhood. He has Master’s degrees in critical theory (Manchester Metropolitan University) and creative writing (Goldsmiths, University of London) and a doctorate in critical and creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Alex’s first novel, Grace, was published in 2009. His work deals with madness and social exclusion, loss, and the middle ground between reality and fantasy. His second novel, Playthings, has been nominated for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016. He currently lives with his wife and two children in London, where he teaches at the University of Greenwich.
Cathy Rentzenbrink grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London. A former Waterstones bookseller, she is now Project Director of the charity Quick Reads and Associate Editor of The Bookseller magazine. She is also Book Editor at Prima and does a book club with Nikki Bedi on her BBC Radio London show on the first Friday of every month. Her memoir, The Last Act of Love, about the life and death of her brother has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.
Sarah Moss was educated at the University of Oxford and is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of four other novels – Cold Earth, Night Waking, which was selected for the Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2011, Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children – and is the coauthor of Chocolate: A global history. She spent 2009–10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Iceland, and wrote an account of her time there, Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland, which was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013. Her most recent book, The Tidal Zone is shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017.