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Healthy Minds for Creatives

10th July 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us to discuss how to keep on top of your mental health as a creative freelancer. #HealthyMinds4Creatives

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It’s no secret that creative freelancers face huge pressures in their daily life: meeting and juggling deadlines, balancing financial or health constraints, submitting to agents, dealing with publishers and publication, chasing payments. Add to that the solitary nature of creating, and whether you’re a writer, illustrator or translator, the tortured artist trope isn’t going away anytime soon.

We’re seeking to widen the conversation around mental health for creatives and so, continuing on from last month’s blog during Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ve lined up a panel of speakers to talk about the pressures of being a creative freelance and the support that is available.

Chaired by Stewart Lucas from Mind in Greater Manchester, our panel includes SoA Council member and crime writer, Simon Brett; writer, blogger and anti-stigma campaigner, Lucy Nichol; and the illustrator and podcast host, Ben Tallon.

Our panel will share their approach to staying mentally healthy and the common triggers and conditions that challenge us. We’ll also discuss coping mechanisms and what we do to look after our wellbeing.

After the panel discussion there will be time for informal discussion over tea and cakes.

This event is organised by the Society of Authors and the Association of Illustrators (AOI). All creative freelancers are welcome to attend.

1.45pm: Registration
2pm: Panel discussion
3.20-4pm: Informal discussion over tea, coffee and cakes

If you want to continue discussions after the event, we’ll be heading to Gorilla bar for social drinks.

Information and resources to help you with your mental health, your work, your finances and your wellbeing are available on our resources page and the AOI website.

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10th July 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Engine House
Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY United Kingdom


Society of Authors
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