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Understanding medicine through the arts and humanities.
Understanding medicine through the arts and humanities.


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We are pleased to say that Medicine Unboxed: wonder is sold out.

You can add yourself to the waitlist at Eventbrite and we'll be in touch if we can find a space for you.

We're looking forward to welcoming everyone on 19 November.
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Tickets for Medicine Unboxed: MAPS are now on sale at Eventbrite

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Speaking at Medicine Unboxed: MAPS - PHILIP MARSDEN

Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including 'The Bronski House', 'The Spirit-Wrestlers', 'The Levelling Sea' and 'Rising Ground'. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages.

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Speaking at Medicine Unboxed: MAPS - MONA ARSHI

Mona Arshi is a poet and lawyer.

Her poem 'Hummingbird' won first prize in the Magma Magazine poetry competition in 2012. She also was one of the Competition winners for the World Events Young Artists Festival in September 2012. She was also an award winner in the Troubadour International Competition for her poem ‘Bad day in the Office’. In 2014, she was joint winner of the Manchester Creative Writing Competition. A portfolio of her poems appeared in TEN-THE NEW WAVE in 2014 by Bloodaxe books.

Mona’s poetry has been published widely in magazines including Poetry Review, Magma, Rialto and the Sunday Times.

Her début collection of poem ‘Small Hands’ was published by Liverpool University in 2015 and won the Forward Prize for best first collection.

Mona was one of ten poets selected for the ‘Complete Works’, a national development programme funded by the Arts Council.

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Speaking at Medicine Unboxed: MAPS - SHELDON THOMAS

Sheldon Thomas is the Founder and Chief Executive of Gangsline. He has an unprecedented insight into gangs through his own experience as a leading gang member in the 1970s. Sheldon is hailed as a leading expert in gang culture and is both an advisor to the Home Office and New Scotland Yard on gang culture and violence, and to Trident which is a specialist unit dealing with black-on-black gun related crime. Sheldon regularly sits in on the Home Office round table discussions and has contributed to the Home Office ‘Ending Gang Violence’ Strategy (2011). He also currently provides strategic and tactical advice to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Newham on gang-related activity, and informs on cross-border issues for the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge.

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Tickets for Medicine Unboxed MAPS, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, November 25-26, on sale at Eventbrite on 4th September.

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Speaking at Medicine Unboxed: MAPS - CASPAR HENDERSON

Caspar Henderson is the author of 'The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary' which was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science books and for which he received the Author’s Foundation Roger Deakin Award 2009 and The Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non Fiction 2009. His latest book, 'A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Marvels' will be published by Granta in November 2017.

He has been a journalist and editor with various publications and broadcasters. He is a past recipient of an IUCN-Reuters award for best environmental reporting in Western Europe. He has worked as a consultant and advisor with leading voluntary organisations, government and international agencies. He co authored 'Our Fragile Earth' (New Internationalist, 2005) and was the commissioning editor for 'Debating Globalization' (Polity, 2005).

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Speaking at Medicine Unboxed: MAPS - LARA PAWSON

Lara Pawson is the author of 'This Is The Place To Be', a fragmentary memoir which was published in September 2016 with CB editions. It is based on the long looping monologue, Non Correspondence, which was directed by Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells and performed by Cathy Naden at the Battersea Arts Centre for the London International Festival of Theatre 2014, After A War.
In the 'Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre' (IB Tauris, 2014) was her first book. It was nominated for several awards and longlisted for The Orwell Prize 2015. It was translated as 'Em Nome Do Povo: O massacre que Angola silenciou' (Ediçôes Tinta da China, 2014).

Her commentary, essays and reviews have been published in many places, most recently in the Times Literary Supplement, Verso, New Humanist and ArtReview. As well as making many programmes for the BBC, Lara has participated in numerous radio and television programmes in London, Lisbon, Luanda and Johannesburg.

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Medicine Unboxed intern applications.

RAFAELLA BARRATT, University of Bristol
Rafaella Barratt is a fourth year medical student from the University of Bristol. He will be discussing representations of cholera in Britten’s “Death in Venice”.

DEANA GERSHUNY, University of Cambridge
Deana Gershuny is a medical student from the University of Cambridge. She will be discussing our connections to our environment in “The Maps We Haven’t Drawn”.

MAO FONG LIM, King's College London
Mao Fong Lim is in his fourth year of Medicine at King’s College London. He will be discussing the intersection between the arts and medicine with relation to mental illness in “Headspace”.

JINGJIE CHENG, Imperial; and ALISON WIBMER, Edinburgh College of Arts
Jingjie Cheng (5th year medicine at Imperial) and Alison Wibmer (final year in Textiles at the Edinburgh College of Arts) will be exploring illness as a migratory journey through the use of tapestry and weaving.

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Speaking at Medicine Unboxed: MAPS - DANNY DORLING

Danny Dorling is the co-author of more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and has published several hundred journal papers. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. Danny was employed as a play-worker in children’s summer play-schemes. He learnt the ethos of pre-school education where the underlying rationale was that playing is learning for living. He tries not to forget this. He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers and a patron of Roadpeace, the national charity for road crash victims.
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