Thu, 29 July 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

How to Die Well

Rankin and Guests

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Legendary photographer Rankin brings together leading thinkers to explore the difficult but crucial conversations around the inevitable – from digital afterlives to death across cultures.

 “The fact is, like birth we all have to die. The taboo around it is one of our own making and, therefore, one that we can break down ourselves.” – Rankin

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the subject of death has become more prominent in our daily lives than ever before – and yet we still find it incredibly hard to talk about. This is understandable, but important to overcome if we want to better prepare ourselves and our loved ones.

This livestream event will blend personal stories with emotional, practical, and financial guidance to show that dying well can be a fundamental part of living well.

In partnership with Royal London, photographer and filmmaker Rankin and host Andrea Fox will be joined by Guardian columnist and bestselling author Rhik Samadder, palliative care expert Dr Kathryn Mannix, and financial expert and broadcaster Sarah Pennells to explore their own experiences and answer the more unusual questions posed by dying in the modern era, from how to make funerals environmentally friendly to how to manage online identities after we die.

This livestream event is accompanied by a freely accessible book, curated by RANKIN, with personal essays from the livestream participants and many more. You can find it available to download here.

This livestream event is presented in association with Royal London.

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Rankin is a British photographer, publisher, and film director, alongside being head of the eponymous agency RANKIN. Rankin’s photography portfolio ranges from portraiture to documentary. He has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few. His work has been published in leading magazines, including Vogue and Rolling Stone, and exhibited in galleries globally, including MoMA and the V&A. Rankin also co-founded the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991.

Andrea Fox

Presenter and Broadcast Journalist

Andrea Fox is an experienced Presenter and Broadcast Journalist, having worked at stations from Heat Radio to Talksport and can currently be heard on Atmosphere Radio. You may also recognise her voice from TV Channel ITV, where she regularly addresses the nation as a Live Continuity Announcer. Andrea is also a podcast host, you can hear her on environmental podcast Age of Plastic and she is the host of the Royal London podcast The Penny Drops.

Rhik Samadder

Journalist and Broadcaster

Rhik Samadder is a writer, actor and broadcaster. He is a columnist at The Guardian, where he created the cult ‘Inspect a Gadget’ feature. He is also the author of I Never Said I Loved You, a bestselling memoir about how to recover from grief, depression, trauma and drama school. He has been interviewed on Sky news, and is a Radio 4 contributor, interviewed on The Today Program and Loose Ends with Clive Anderson among others.

Dr Kathryn Mannix

Former Palliative Care Consultant

Kathryn Mannix is a retired palliative care consultant and has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK’s (possibly the world’s) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients. Her first book, With the End in Mind, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Her second book, Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations will be published this autumn.

Sarah Pennells

Consumer Finance Specialist and Broadcaster

Sarah Pennells joined Royal London in 2020 and her role as Consumer Finance Specialist involves leading on consumer campaigning, and acting as a consumer advocate and expert on strategic programmes, especially around support and guidance for customers. Before joining Royal London, Sarah was an award-winning personal finance journalist and broadcaster, and the creator of SavvyWoman, which was the UK’s leading money website for women. She has written three personal finance books, on green and ethical money, money and relationships and the financial impact of divorce, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.