Generation Covid 19: The pandemic & mental health at #RaworthsLitFest

Covid made us back away from our instinctive need to huddle together in times of grief” – author & psychiatrist Penny Campling

The pandemic has, and continues to, take its toll on our mental health.

Today, World Mental Health Day 2022, is an opportunity to reconnect and re-kindle our efforts to protect our mental health, and, in less than two weeks time, Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival will explore the long term effects of Covid-19 on our collective mental health, and ask, where do we go from here?

Physical health is key to mental health, so get your energy boost in with the Early Bird Crew and join the Raworths Run this Thursday, 13 October, at 6.30am, or take a cosy Autumn walk through the Pinewoods with the family and complete our free Book Trail along the way.

If yoga is more your cup of tea, try Yoga for Writing with bestselling author Stella Duffy and explore how opening body and breath can harness your creativity.

From the art of good conversation in tricky situations to the impact of smartphones and social media, explore health, wellbeing and personal development with our stellar line up of authors, broadcasters and household names at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, the hot ticket on the national festival circuit, 20 – 23 October 2022.


The Pandemic & Mental Health

We’ll hear from our expert author panel, including psychiatrist Penelope Campling, with a passionate defense of our mental health services, psychotherapist Owen O’Kane, who’ll teach us how to be our own therapist, and broadcaster Matthew Stadlen, as he shares his own mental health struggles and discuss his experiences of OCD and anxiety during the pandemic.

Generation Covid-19: The Pandemic & Mental Health | Saturday 22 October | 2.30pm | The Crown Hotel | £15

Hyperconnectivity in the Smartphone era

The smartphone is forcing radical changes in the way we live and work. BBC technology veteran Rory Cellan-Jones explores its dramatic effects on everything from our democracy to our employment and our health.

Rory Cellan-Jones | Friday 21 October | 5.30pm | £13

How to Have Better Conversations

From decreasing face-to-face meetings to echo chambers online, conversations are increasingly fractured and fraught with confrontation. Find out how Conversation King Nihal Arthanayake is bucking the trend.

Nihal Arthanayake | Saturday 22 October | 1pm | £13

Would It Surprise You To Know?

Antiques Roadshow’s Ronnie Archer-Morgan shares his journey from childhood deprivation to a life of art, history and adventure.

Ronnie has overcome a heart-breaking start in life to achieve great success and no one deserves it more. What a dude, what a life!‘ – Fiona Bruce

Ronnie Archer-Morgan | Saturday 22 October | 11.30am | £13

From Bhutan to Yorkshire

Haunted by its links to one of the the darkest chapters in Britain’s past, Earl of Harewood David Lascelles has attempted to reconcile a deep interest in Buddhism with his home at Harewood House. Could the making of an English stupa bring harmony to Harewood House and quell the unsettling forces of its past?

Earl of Harewood David Lascelles | Sunday 23 October | 2.30pm | £13


The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival runs from Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2022 in its celebratory 10th anniversary year. More announcements are to be made soon. Find out more and book tickets here.

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