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Dragon Hall Debate: How should we eat?



Monday 28 January 2019, 7pm


National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, Norwich

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Monday 28 January, 7 - 9pm 

Dragon Hall Debates

How should we eat?

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, NR1 1QE

Are we really what we eat? What can our relationship with food tell us about society? In this debate, writer and cook Rebecca May Johnson will explore the pleasures and creativity of food; Ailsa Welch, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology at UEA, will discuss her research into how diet improves health during aging; and Tim O’Riordan, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at UEA, will look at how we can ensure a sustainable food future.

The speakers

Dr Rebecca May Johnson is a writer, researcher, literary curator and cook. She has written for The Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph, FT Weekend, and others. She is co-founder of sell-out literary food salon ‘Voice at the Table’, and curator of roving poetry night ‘Sitting Room’. 

Prof Ailsa Welch is a Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology based in the Norwich Medical School at UEA. Ailsa’s research aims to understand the effects of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and diet quality (dietary patterns, fatty acids, protein and acid-base load) on musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. 

Prof Tim O’Riordan is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at UEA. He is European Advisor to the UK Sustainable Development Commission and a member of Sustainability East, the East of England Sustainable Development Round Table. His research deals with themes associated with better governance for sustainability.

Suitable for ages 16 and above. Free and open to all. 

To book or for more information on this event, please visit the National Centre for Writing website.