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Where next for Health Humanities at UEA? An evening with Christie Watson



Tuesday 28 January 2020


Julian Study Centre 0,01, UEA

Event Category:

All lectures, Literature, Christie Watson

Ticket Price:

Free, booking essential

Tuesday 28 January, 7-9pm (doors 6.30pm)

Where next for Health Humanities at UEA? An evening with Christie Watson

Julian Study Centre 0.01, UEA

Free, booking essential

In this lecture, bestselling author of the Language of Kindness (2018) and former nurse Christie Watson will reflect on the potential for collaboration between health, medicine and humanities disciplines. She will ask, what are the health humanities? What role might this interdisciplinary collaboration play in the education and training of the next generation of health professionals? How might engagement with the health disciplines help all our students reflect on their own personal development? What is the relative status of the different disciplines involved in such interdisciplinary ventures, and how can we explore this question creatively and critically? How can we at UEA make a distinctive contribution to the conversation?

Christie Watson’s lecture will be followed by short responses from Tessa McWatt, Professor of Creative Writing at UEA, and Heidi Gure-Klinke, a Norwich-based GP. Both respondents are involved in collaborative work and teaching in health humanities. After a Q&A, there will be a wine reception and a chance for more informal conversations.

Attendance is free but please register for a place

Schedule for the evening:

6.30pm doors open

7pm event starts

8.30pm wine reception

9pm event ends


Christie Watson was a registered paediatric nurse for twenty years. She spent most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation officer, which involved teaching and clinical work on hospital-wide crash teams. 

Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings was also published to international critical acclaim. Her non-fiction book The Language of Kindness was published in 2018 and was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. It was a Book of the Year in the Evening Standard, New Statesman, The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. It has been translated into twenty-three languages, and spent five months in the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller lists. It is currently being adapted for theatre and television.

Christie was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for her contribution to nursing and the arts by the University of East Anglia. She is patron of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

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Cover image: Peter Clark