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Talk Wigtown Book Festival | Suzanne O’Sullivan - The Sleeping Beauties

Wigtown Book Festival | Suzanne O’Sullivan - The Sleeping Beauties


In person & Online event

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Earning comparisons to Oliver Sacks and Henry Marsh, this is a touching scientific investigation into psychosomatic illnesses — medical disorders that are as influenced by the idiosyncrasies of culture as by human biology. Here, among others, are accounts of refugee children in Sweden who fall asleep for months and years at a time, and high school students in upstate New York who develop contagious seizures. O’Sullivan investigates fascinating stories from an array of people, attempting to unravel their complex meaning while asking: who gets to define what is and isn’t an illness?

About the author: Suzanne O’Sullivan is a neurologist. She won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize for her first book, It's All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness, which also won the Royal Society of Biology General Book Prize.

This event will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext, delivered by MyClearText.

Event details

Sat 2 Oct 2021, 10:00am

Live subtitles (remote) by Stagetext

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Venue details

Wigtown Book Festival
County Buildings
Main Hall

Phone: 01988 403 222 (Box Office)

Website: Wigtown Book Festival

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