Christie Watson talks combining healthcare with storytelling

Published by  News Archive

On 13th Jan 2020

Christie Watson

UEA alumnus and honorary graduate Christie Watson is returning to campus to speak at two free events on combining healthcare and storytelling on Tuesday 28 January.

After working for 20 years as a nurse, Christie Watson retired to concentrate on writing. In 2007, she won the Malcolm Bradbury Bursary for a place to study on UEA’s renowned Creative Writing course, where she wrote her debut novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away.

This novel went on to win 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, which celebrates nursing, was published in 2018 and was a number one Sunday Times bestseller.

Narrative Healthcare: Is it time we taught poetry and prose to all healthcare students?

This event is a health science seminar which will explore the current trend in healthcare memoir and the possibilities of teaching healthcare students using creative writing, storytelling and art.

Christie Watson will discuss the challenges and barriers to promoting narrative healthcare as a new model of teaching – and working, and make the case that university reading lists need to reflect the changing nature of healthcare, where understanding patient’s stories, and searching for meaning, have never been more important.

This event will be in Edith Cavell Building Lecture Theatre 1-2pm. For more information visit:

Where next for Health Humanities at UEA?

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 and how might engagement with the health disciplines help students reflect on their own personal development?

The 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.

This event starts at 7pm in Julian Study Centre 0.01.

Both events are open to all staff, students and members of the public.

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