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Different Journeys: 'Journeys in pain (and joy)' by Christina Patterson

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Different Journeys: 'Journeys in pain (and joy)' by Christina Patterson

7:30pm Medical Society Rooms, 23 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW
Speakers: Christina Patterson

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Ticket: £3.00

What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine? This is the theme of The Art of Not Falling Apart, a mix of memoir and interviews about how we cope when life goes wrong. Hailed by The Times as 'a beautifully written and uplifting memoir', and by the Mail on Sunday as 'a manual on how to survive in the 21st-century', it blends genres by intertwining stories of people who have coped with loss and disappointment with snippets from Christina's own 'journey' from devastation to something like hope. Drawing on her background as a journalist, literary critic and former director of the Poetry Society, she talks about the challenge of finding, and subverting, forms to say the things we want to say. And how Sterne set us on a path we can all try to follow.

Christina Patterson is a journalist and broadcaster. A former columnist at the Independent, she now writes for The Sunday Times and The Guardian about society, culture, politics, books and the arts. She's a regular commentator on radio and TV news programmes, and a regular guest on the Sky News press preview. Her first book, The Art of Not Falling Apart, was published by Atlantic in May. She has also contributed an essay to Body of Essays, published by Profile in September 2018.  

Christina Patterson's website

The Art of Not Falling Apart

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