About this event

  • Date and time Sat 25 May 2024 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

The importance of medical humanities including the history of medicine, medical ethics and the application of literature to medicine has become clearer in recent years.

Join us for this informative session for an opportunity to increase your knowledge of medical humanities. Hear from Honorary Professor, radio broadcaster and poet, Professor Femi Oyebode and writer and radio Broadcaster, Dr Joanna Cannon, who also happen to be psychiatrists as they discuss the relevance of literature to psychiatry. 

This insightful conversation will:

  • Explore Joanna Cannon’s own writing to exemplify the value of literature to psychiatry.
  • Examine how Joanna Cannon’s training as a doctor and psychiatrist influence her writing of fiction. 
  • Explore which other writers and their works are relevant to the medical humanities project.

By attending this meeting, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of medical humanities.
  • Learn how literature can benefit medicine and psychiatry.
  • Understand how training in medicine and psychiatry influence a writer’s choice of material and method of creating fiction.

Click here to order Joanna's book titled 'Will You Read This Please?' - available to purchase with multiple retailers. 

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Standard pricing available until 24 May 2024.


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Key speakers

Joanna Cannon

Dr Joanna Canon


Speaker's biography

Joanna Cannon’s first two novels, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things about Elsie, were both Sunday Times bestsellers and Richard and Judy picks. She worked as a hospital doctor before specialising in psychiatry, and lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog. 


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Welcome and introduction

Professor Femi Oyebode, Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Birmingham

Conversation between Professor Femi Oyebode and Dr Joanna Cannon

Dr Joanna Cannon, Author and Professor Femi Oyebode

Question and answer
Closing remarks

Professor Femi Oyebode

Close of meeting




Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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