BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: My Body Clock Is Broken

In association with Northumbria University

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

How does depression affect our sense of time and the rhythms of daily life? Our body clocks have long been seen by scientists as integral to our physical and mental health – but what happens when mental illness disrupts or even stops that clock? Radio 3 presenter Anne McElvoy is joined by those who have suffered depression and those who treat it – and they attempt to offer some solutions.

Jay Griffiths is the author of Tristimania: a Diary of Manic Depression and a book Pip Pip which explores attitudes to time across the world.

Dr. Vincent Deary teaches at Northumbria University, works as a clinician in the UK’s first trans-diagnostic Fatigue Clinic and is the author of a trilogy about How To Live – the first of which is called How We Are.

Professor Louise Robinson is Director of Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing

Professor Matthew Smith is a New Generation Thinker from 2012 who teaches at Strathclyde University at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare.


For your information…

  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


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