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About Sir Andrew Motion
Sir Andrew Motion is a poet, critic, biographer, novelist and teacher. From 1976 to 1981 he worked at the University of Hull, where he became friends with the poet Philip Larkin, whose biography he later wrote; subsequently he was Editor of the 'Poetry Review' and Editorial Director at Chatto and Windus. He returned to academia in 1989, and is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Andrew Motion has received numerous awards for his work, including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Somerset Maugham Prize and the Whitbread Prize for biography. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1999 and was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, co-founder and co-director of the Poetry Archive and Poetry by Heart, and President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
About Dr Lisa Appignanesi OBE
Dr Lisa Appignanesi OBE is a writer, novelist and cultural commentator. She is a Visiting Professor in English and the Medical Humanities at King's College London and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Freud Museum. Lisa was deputy director of the ICA in the 1980s and President of English PEN from 2008 to 2011. She has made TV and radio programmes and published over 15 books, including bestselling novels and critically acclaimed nonfiction, such as the prizewinning 'Mad, Bad and Sad' and 'Losing the Dead'.
About Hadley Freeman
Hadley Freeman has been a staff writer for the Guardian since 2000, where she is currently a columnist and features writer. Her second book, 'Be Awesome', was published by 4th Estate in May 2013.
About Dr Michael Mosley
Dr Michael Mosley is a BBC journalist, presenter and producer. Michael studied PPE at Oxford University and worked in the City. He then studied medicine before joining the BBC as a trainee assistant producer. He now writes and presents award-winning programmes on history, medicine and science including 'Eat, Fast & Live Longer' (2012), which gave rise to the popular 5:2 diet. Michael was named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association.
About The Hon. James Runcie
The Hon. James Runcie is Head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre in London, a writer and a maker of documentary film. He has written six novels, including the Grantchester Mysteries series, has won numerous awards for his film work, and is on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors. He was formerly the Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival, and is Visiting Professor at Bath Spa University.
About Wellcome Collection
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About the Wellcome Trust
Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust's breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.