Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of the Pandemic

Saturday 22 May 2021
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Bath Forum
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Rachel Clarke is a bestselling author (Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love, Loss and Consolation), health campaigner and palliative care doctor. Her new book, Breathtaking, is an unflinching insider’s account of medicine in the time of coronavirus.

She talks to Max Porter about how it feels to confront a pandemic from the inside, witnessing death on an unprecedented scale, coping with the uncertainty of whether your protective equipment is up to the job and dealing with the inadequacies of the government response. But, amid all the tough questions, this event will also consider the courage of patients and NHS staff alike, people who rose to their best upon facing the worst.

This is a searing account and one critical for our times.

For this event, we’re offering a 10% discount for NHS workers. 

‘Rachel takes the worst life can throw at us and shows us the beauty in it’ Adam Kay (This is Going to Hurt)

Follow on Twitter: @doctor_oxford @maxjohnporter

Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here. Your tickets will be automatically allocated for social distancing, for more booking information please click here.

For more information about accessibility and how to book a personal assistant complimentary ticket, please click here

The Bath Festival At Home: This event will also be filmed and broadcast after the Festival from Friday 28 May as part of The Bath Festival at Home.

Buy the book:
Breathtaking by Rachel Clarke

Photo credit: Laura Gallant


Bath Festivals’ safety procedures have been certified by Visit Britain as ‘Good to Go’. For more information, visit their website here.