Five of the six shortlisted authors for the Wellcome Book Prize gathered in London for a festival of writing related to medicine, health and the human condition. The imminent birth of Mark O’Connell’s next baby prevented him from joining us, but the women of the shortlist enjoyed an ‘Authors in Conversation’ session at The Wellcome Collection on Saturday 28th April: Bookish Beck has written a summary for her blog here.
On Sunday 29th April, we were all together again for a ‘5×15’ event, this time at Cecil Sharp House. Each author spoke for 15 minutes on the inspiration behind her book. You can click on each author’s presentation here and on Mark O’Connell’s (made at an earlier event) here.
Here’s me, talking about why we need to get real about dying, a 500 year-old tree and a coffin shop in the Andes.
Then there was a Prosecco and canapes event to announce the winning book on Monday, 30th April: congratulations to Mark O’Connell, whose ‘To be a Machine’ won the prize.