•Saturday 28 April, 15.00–16.30: Authors in Conversation at Wellcome Collection •Sunday 29 April, 15.00–16.30: 5 x 15 at Cecil Sharp House
The Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates the best books that illuminate our encounters with health, medicine and illness, is delighted to announce two events featuring authors from the 2018 shortlist.
The shortlist, which was announced today, includes: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Stay With Me), Lindsey Fitzharris (The Butchering Art), Kathryn Mannix (With the End in Mind), Mark O’Connell (To Be a Machine), Sigrid Rausing (Mayhem: A memoir), and Meredith Wadman (The Vaccine Race).
Authors from the shortlist will take part in a panel event at Wellcome Collection (Saturday 28 April) and a 5 x 15 special at Cecil Sharp House (Sunday 29 April) ahead of the winner announcement on Monday 30 April.
A Matter of Life and Death: Shortlisted Authors in Conversation
Description: An opportunity to hear from five of this year’s shortlisted authors –Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Lindsey Fitzharris, Kathryn Mannix, Sigrid Rausing and Meredith Wadman – as they discuss the inspiration behind their critically acclaimed books. From the blood and gore of Victorian surgery to issues of family and fertility in Nigeria, this year’s shortlist will discuss life, death and everything in between. Lisa O’Kelly, Books Editor at the Observer, will be asking the questions.
Date/Time: Saturday 28 April, 15.00–16.30
Venue: Wellcome Collection (183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE)
Tickets: Free, but booking is essential. Tickets available from 11.00 on 29 March (here)
5 x 15: Wellcome Book Prize Special hosted by Rick Edwards
Description: On the eve of the winner announcement, the ever-popular 5 x 15 Wellcome Book Prize special returns with an event at Cecil Sharp House featuring five of this year’s shortlisted authors and hosted by broadcaster and writer Rick Edwards. Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Lindsey Fitzharris, Kathryn Mannix, Sigrid Rausing and Meredith Wadman will take to the stage to give an insight into their acclaimed books in contention for this year’s prize.
Date/Time: Sunday 29 April, 15.00–16.30
Venue: Cecil Sharp House (2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY)
Tickets: £10 + booking fee (here)