Fri, 18 September 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Ruby Wax – And Now For the Good News

In conversation with Hannah MacInnes

When was the last time that reading the news made you feel good? The comedian, author and mental health campaigner turns her whip-smart wit toward the dream of a better future.

From tackling her own mental health issues to understanding her brain, stress and the human mind, she has entertained, informed and helped hundreds of thousands with her brilliant books and stage shows. Now, at this unprecedented moment in our history, who could ask for a better guide to our future than the outrageously witty, smart and infinitely accessible Ruby Wax?

To stop living in such a climate of fear we need to turn our attention to the possible. So Ruby’s searched out the green shoots in business, technology, education, community, health and food that may be sprouting even now and, if we tend to them with care, may just bloom into a spectacular future.

In her own inimitable words, she says:

I know what you’re thinking, is it some kind of macabre joke? Has she been in a coma? How can Ruby Wax write a book about good news when the world is facing the worst disaster since the Plague? Let me explain. I began writing in 2018, back when the world’s worries were somewhat different. Climate change, greedy bankers, exam results, crap politicians, mental health: these are still HUGE ISSUES, but even the ancient soothsayers reading pig entrails couldn’t have predicted this.

This is my new mission: to share the green shoots of hope peeping through the soil of civilization. Literacy is at an all-time high, world-hunger is likely to be eradicated this century, technological improvements are saving lives – just to scratch the surface. I’ve talked to everyone from leaders to scientists to tech geniuses. I’ve done the research and practiced what I preach. And my conclusion? Behind the clouds, the sun still shines.

So here’s to the shoots – may they become a blueprint for how the world can shift for the good. Hopefully we’ll learn from them.

Love, Ruby

This event takes place at 6:30 BST.

Ruby Wax

Comedian, writer and performer who was awarded an OBE in 2015.

Ruby Wax is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years. Ruby additionally holds a Masters’ degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health. She is the author of books Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and has toured all over the world with the accompanying one-woman shows. To date, Ruby has sold over one million copies of her books worldwide.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, podcaster and host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.