Wellbeing at #RaworthsLitFest

Yoga with Stella Duffy at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

The nights are drawing in and the news cycle is unrelenting. After a difficult couple of years, we need to take care of ourselves from body to mind.

We explore the latest developments in mental health and wellbeing at the 10th Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, offering an uplifting programme so you can switch off, relax and nourish mind and soul.

Harness yoga for writing with bestselling author Stella Duffy, find out how the Antiques Roadshow’s Ronnie Archer-Morgan overcame early adversity to achieve incredible success, and join Earl of Harwood David Lascelles on a journey through the Himalayas that helped him bring harmony at Harewood House.

Learn how to talk to someone who doesn’t want to talk to you with conversation king Nihal Arthanayake, or consider the impact of the smartphone and social media with former BBC correspondent and tech guru Rory Cellan-Jones.

Book now for Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, the hot ticket on the national festival circuit, and explore the latest big ideas in health, wellbeing and personal development.

Generation Covid 19: How Did The Pandemic Change Our Collective Mental Health and Where Do We Go From Here?

Take a deep dive into the state of our collective mental health and explore where we go from here.

Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Penelope Campling has seen positive change in how we approach mental health over her 40 year career, but is increasingly troubled by the state of our health services. Her latest book, Don’t Turn Away, is a passionate and defence of mental health services peppered with tales direct from the therapy room.

Bestselling author and psychotherapist Owen O’Kane will teach us the key fundamentals of therapy and how to apply them to your own life. He’ll offer practical advice for anyone who wants to get the best from their life and to manage better in tough times.

Master inquisitor Matthew Stadlen has forged a successful career as a TV and radio presenter. He’ll share 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 | £15

Hyperconnectivity in the Smartphone era

The smartphone is forcing radical changes in the way we live and work. The BBC’s 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. But one man is bucking the trend.

We’ll learn the art of great conversation in tricky situations from acclaimed broadcaster and presenter Nihal Arthanayake

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

Would It Surprise You To Know?

Ronnie Archer-Morgan shares his own remarkable story, from childhood abuse and deprivation to a Knightsbridge gallery and the Antiques Roadshow.

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

Yoga For Writing 

Yoga and psychotherapy have helped Orange prize longlister Stella Duffy sustain her successful writing career. She’ll run a Yoga for Writing Workshop, exploring the physical nature of writing and how opening up body and breath can support our creativity.

No experience required; come dressed to stretch!

Yoga with Stella Duffy | Saturday 22 October | 11.30am | £10


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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