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Experiences of Recovery

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
  • Auto-captioned
  • Audio described

What you’ll do

Watch a recording of GP and author Gavin Francis in conversation with philosopher Havi Carel and oncologist Sam Guglani. They’ll be discussing their personal and professional experiences of living with illness, getting better and the importance of convalescence.

The event is inspired by Gavin Francis’s new book, ‘Recovery: The Lost Art of Convalescence’.



Need to know

British Sign Language

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. An interpreter will be embedded in the event stream/visible to all attendees and will interpret what is discussed into BSL for d/Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened attendees.


There will be auto-generated captions for this event.

Audio described

The host and speakers will describe themselves and key visual elements they refer to. There will not be a separate audio description track.

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About your contributors

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Sam Guglani


Sam Guglani is a consultant oncologist in Cheltenham, specialising in the management of lung and brain tumours. He is director of Medicine Unboxed, which illuminates the challenges and wonders of medicine through the arts. Sam also has master’s degrees in Ethics (Keele, 2009) and Creative Writing (Oxford, 2014). He is a published poet and writes for the Lancet. His debut novel, ‘Histories’, was published in 2017.

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Gavin Francis


Dr Gavin Francis has worked across four continents as a surgeon, emergency physician, medical officer with the British Antarctic Survey and latterly as a GP. He’s the author of the Sunday Times-bestselling ‘Adventures in Human Being’ and ‘Recovery’, as well as ‘Shapeshifters’ and ‘Intensive Care’. He also writes for the Guardian, The Times, the London Review of Books and Granta.

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Havi Carel


Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. She recently completed a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, the ‘Life of Breath’. She was awarded the Health Humanities’ Inspiration Award 2018 for this work. Havi is the author of ‘Illness’ (2008, 2013, 2018), shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and of ‘Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger’ (2006). Her third monograph, ‘Phenomenology of Illness’, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. She was selected as a ‘Best of Bristol’ lecturer in 2016.