About this event

  • Date and time Wed 24 Apr 2024 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine

Join us in this in-person event with Professor Michael Rosen, British children's author, poet, presenter, political columnist, broadcaster, university teacher/professor and activist who has been publishing books since 1968. Interviewed by Dr Rachel Clarke, they will talk about intensive care, chronic illness, induced coma, memory loss, the NHS, bereavement and recovery from a personal point of view and how this kind of conversation might help others. Enjoy a complimentary drinks reception.

Dr Rachel Clarke describes him as 'the literary equivalent of David Attenborough – treasured by the British public for his writing, speaking and tireless devotion to children’s education and the NHS. His wit, wisdom and humanity in discussing life, death, Covid, illness, hope and recovery will be unmissable'. He regularly performs his poems in schools and at festivals, hoping it generates in others a wish to write and express themselves.

Dr Rachel Clarke is an NHS palliative care doctor and the author of three Sunday Times bestselling non-fiction books about medicine. Breathtaking (2021), which has since aired as an ITV drama, reveals how she and her colleagues confronted COVID-19 during the pandemic’s first wave in 2020. Dear Life (2020), depicting her work in an NHS hospice, was shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Biography Award, long-listed for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize and chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Your Life in My Hands (2017) documents life as a junior doctor. Inspired by a visit to Ukraine during the conflict in late 2022, she recently founded a registered charity, Hospice Ukraine, supporting the work of palliative care teams in Ukraine.

*There may be slight changes to the advertised start and end times of this event, subject to Professor Michael Rosen and Dr Rachel Clarke's work requirements.

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Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this event will close on 23 April 2024 at 1:00am (BST)

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