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Rachel Clarke

Rachel Clarke

Before going to medical school, Dr Rachel Clarke was a television journalist and documentary maker. She now specialises in palliative medicine, caring deeply about helping patients live the end of their lives as fully and richly as possible – and in the power of human stories to build empathy and inspire change.

Her first book Your Life in My Hands, reveals what life is like for a junior doctor on the NHS frontline. Her latest memoir, Dear Life, is based on her work in a hospice. It explores love, loss, grief, dying and what really matters at the end of life.

‘A truly wonderful book. Dying is rarely easy, nor is writing about it - but Rachel Clarke does so perfectly, with neither sentimentality nor sensationalism, and instead with realism and kindness. Read it.’ - Henry Marsh on Dear Life

This event will be chaired by Julia Wheeler

This event with Rachel Clarke will be broadcast live at 1.30pm on Sunday 22 November via the Creative Folkestone YouTube Channel. Click here to watch the conversation.

Follow the link above to YouTube, sit back, and enjoy the conversation. If you have any questions for Rachel Clarke or the host you can add it into the chat function.

Inspired by Autumn Reads? Our friends at Canterbury Christchurch University Bookshop are offering all the titles related to our festival at a discounted rate including Dear Life by Rachel Clarke. Click here for more information.

Autumn Reads: Modern Nature is a new online festival exploring the written work of artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman. Through a programme of talks, workshops, films and more we invite you to discover the themes and ideas held within these diaries.


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