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An evening with Bryony Gordon |20th Feb| Birkenhead School

20 February @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bryony Gordon will be joining us for an author talk, followed by a Q&A and meet & greet.

Ten years on from first writing about her own experiences of mental illness, Bryony Gordon still receives messages about the effect it has on people. Now perimenopausal and well into the next stage of her life, parenting an almost-adolescent, just what has that help – and that connection with other unwell people – taught Bryony about herself, and the society we live in?

What has she learned, and why have her views on mental health changed so radically? After coming out the other side of the biggest trauma of our living memory – a global pandemic – existing in a state of perma-crisis has now become our new normal. From burnout and binge eating, to living with fluctuating hormones and the endless battle to stay sober, Bryony begins to question whether she got mental illness wrong in the first place. Is it simply a chemical imbalance, or rather a normal response from your brain telling you that something isn’t right? Mad Woman explores the most difficult of all the lesson she’s learned over the last decade – that our notion of what makes a happy life is the very thing that’s making us so sad. Bryony Gordon is unafraid to write with her trademark blend of compassion, honesty and humour about her personal challenges and demons, which means her books and journalism have had profound impact on readers. She founded the mental health charity, Mental Health Mates, which has become a vast online community.

In the twenty-three years that she has worked for the Telegraph, Bryony Gordon has become one of the paper’s best-loved writers. She is the author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers plus The Sunday Times Number One bestsellers You Got This and Mad Girl which were both nominated for British Book Awards. She is the presenter of the Mad World podcast and in 2016 she founded Mental Health Mates, now a global peer support network which encourages people with mental health issues to connect and get out of the house. In 2017 she won the MIND Making A Difference Award for her work in changing the perception of mental health in the media. In 2018 she ran the London Marathon in her underwear. In 2020, she won the Journalists’ Charity Award from the Society of Editors for mental health campaign. She lives in South London with her husband and daughter

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Linghams Bookshop
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Birkenhead School
Bushell Hall Bidston Road, Birkenhead, CH43 2JD
Birkenhead, CH43 2JD GB
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