Hear me talk about hearts

An animated version of the illustrated cover of Peter Bunzl's Cogheart - two children in Victorian dress run around a moving clockface with a fox.  A heart-shaped key, a portrait of a woman and some houses also feature. Snow falls against a dark sky in the background.

Phew! Things are BUSY around here! Just dropping by to publicise a little presentation I’m giving that will be accessible online and open to anyone who is interested in attending. I’m speaking about the fictional cardiac devices in Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, and how they might relate to real-life experience of real-life people with real-life cardiac devices. I would love to hear the thoughts of people with experience of heart disease, so it would be great if some of you blog-readers would be up for watching it. Cogheart is a really great children’s book, full of intrigue and adventure. There will be MASSIVE SPOILERS in my presentation, so I’d recommend reading the book first if you don’t want me to ruin the experience for you. [You definitely don’t need to read the book to be able to understand the presentation, however.]

The presentation is part of a wider conference (which I’ve been helping to organise for what feels like FOREVER) called Public Health, Private Illness. You can register for the conference here – all you need is an email address. Very soon all registered attendees will be emailed with a link to watch the presentation videos at their leisure (as many or as few as take your fancy) and with links to Zoom Q&A sessions with the presenters. These Q&A sessions will be held on September 3rd and 4th. My panel’s Q&A will be September 4th at 11.00am.

As well as the pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A sessions, registering for the conference will give you the opportunity to attend (virtually, of course) workshops about creative writing/zine making, plus a screening of short films/performance, and an evening event where creative writers (including me!) share short examples of their work.

The conference was designed by and for early career researchers/postgraduate students, but (and I cannot stress this enough) is most definitely OPEN FOR ALL WHO WISH TO ATTEND! Being online now (it was originally meant to happen in the real world back in April) there’s no upper limit on attendees, so don’t feel like you’re wasting a ticket if you only want to watch a couple of things. It’s absolutely fine to sign up and just listen to a couple of talks or attend a workshop. There’s a huge variety of topics and disciplines being covered and, since it’s pre-recorded, you can easily stop listening and switch off without offending anyone. Ha ha!

If you do sign up and do watch my presentation (and/or my Q&A or creative writing bit) then I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts.

A monthly spread in a bullet journal with lots of organised colourful sticky notes poking out from other pages.
Photo by Bich Tran on Pexels.com

So…dates for your diary!

Today – register for the conference and check out the draft programme to see which talks and events take your fancy.

Next week or thereabouts – check your email inbox for the link to presentation videos (and watch mine!)

Thursday 3rd September, 7pm – come to the creative writing event to hear me read a personal piece about pregnancy and heart disease, plus an edited version of my big rant of a poem about COVID-19 and underlying health conditions.

Friday 4th, September, 11am – see me squirm at the live Q&A session via Zoom.

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