How to Look After Yourself in a Chaotic World

Thursday 20 May 2021
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Join us for an inspiring conversation between two women who both embody the strength and resilience we’ve needed to get through the past 12 months. This special festival event sees Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon (No Such Thing as Normal) and award-winning author Poorna Bell (Stronger) talk to Francesca Beauman about their latest books, their mental health journeys and the power that can be found in exercise, talking and sharing. From depression and anxiety to personality disorders, one in four of us experience mental health issues and, in these strange and unsettling times, more of us than ever are struggling to cope. Equip yourself with practical tips and advice on how to navigate through testing times.

About the authors
Journalist, bestselling author and mental health campaigner Bryony’s new book No Such Thing as Normal is a lively, honest and direct guide to mental health that cuts through the Instagram wellness bubble to give practical advice on areas including sleep, addiction, therapy and medication. Guests on her acclaimed podcast include Prince Harry, Fearne Cotton, Stephen Fry and Will Young talking candidly about their own mental health.

Part memoir, part manifesto, in Stronger, award-winning journalist and author Poorna explores how she used power lifting to help her through the grief of losing her husband. She shares her own story as well as drawing on research and telling the stories of other women who have forged their own path into mental strength and physical fitness.

Follow on Twitter: @poornabell

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

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 books:
No Such Thing as Normal by Bryony Gordon
Stronger by Poorna Bell


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