About the Event
Join us for this special event where we’ll explore the challenges faced by people living with dementia and their families. James Long talks to Wendy Mitchell (Somebody I Used To Know) who shares her journey of living with dementia, author and campaigner Nicci Gerrard (What Dementia Teaches Us about Love) and journalist Steph Booth (Married To Alzheimer’s) who reveals the struggles of caring for her husband, actor Tony Booth.
About the Authors
Wendy Mitchell spent twenty years as a non-clinical team leader in the NHS before being diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia in July 2014 at the age of fifty-eight. Shocked by the lack of awareness about the disease, both in the community and in hospitals, she vowed to spend her time raising awareness about dementia and encouraging others to see there is life after a diagnosis. She is now an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society. She has two daughters and lives in Yorkshire.
Nicci Gerrard is a writer and campaigner, a celebrated novelist and recipient of the 2016 Orwell Prize for Journalism ‘Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’. This work grew out of her father’s death from dementia in 2014 and her belief that the disease, its impact on individuals, families and wider society, needed light thrown upon it in order to improve the experience and support of those affected.
Steph Booth is married to actor, Tony Booth, and has four sons and three grandchildren. Before giving up paid employment to look after Tony full time, Steph worked as an English teacher in secondary schools, and later lectured in Politics at the University of Salford. She has been writing for the Irish Timessince 2014 about living with and caring for her husband who had advanced Alzheimer’s disease before passing away in 2017. She also gives presentations about her role as a carer to various organisations including the medical profession. She is an obsessional gardener and an occasionally obsessional hand quilter. Steph lives in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
‘Essential reading about love, life and care’ KATE MOSSE ON WHAT DEMENTIA TEACHES US ABOUT LOVE
‘Nobody has written on dementia as well as Nicci Gerrard in this new book. Kind, knowing and infinitely useful’ ANDREW MARR ON WHAT DEMENTIA TEACHES US ABOUT LOVE
‘Revelatory’ GUARDIAN ON SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW
‘A miracle’ TELEGRAPH ON SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW
‘A landmark book’ FINANCIAL TIMES ON SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW
‘This is a brave, honest and important book that accurately describes the chaotic, exhausting, haphazard, guilt-filled, embarrassing and lonely role of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.’ IRISH TIMES ON MARRIED TO ALZHEIMER’S