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Oxford Literary Festival and the ‘and finally..’

I do love audience questions. They get to the nub of things. They make you think. And some really seem to come from left-field.   I was in the Corpus Christi lecture hall this morning, to talk to readers…

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Rise paperback hits the shelves

The paperback edition of my first book, Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma, has been available to buy since 29 December 2016. As explained in my earlier post, Rise is a first-aid kit for getting through tough times. In…

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Rise paperback available soon

The paperback edition of my first book, Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma, will be available in the shops and online from 29 December 2016. You can pre-order it from Amazon now for only £8.99. Rise is a first-aid…

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How Rise can help nurses, in a nurse’s words

Back in August, I was thrilled to see that ‘Rise, Surviving and Thriving after Trauma’ had been given a five-star review in the Royal College of Nursing’s journal, the Nursing Standard. Thrilled because they said such lovely things about…

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ITN mental health champion

I’m proud to say I’m going to become production company ITN’s first mental health champion. In the future other volunteer champions will join me. They’ll be taught how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues.…

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Sermon at The School of Life

There’s a funny thing about being a television presenter – people think that you can talk in front of anyone, anytime, however big the gathering. And the thing is, when you are presenting, news-reading, or even ad-libbing, you are…

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Rise – the book launch

I dithered a lot about publishing Rise. At least, dithered about showing you the inner workings of my emotional chaos as I struggled with the impact of breast cancer. The diaries on which the book is based are so…