A LIFE LESS LONELY
VICTORIA COLLEGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 15.00
SPONSORED BY SALTGATE IN ASSOCIATION WITH VICTORIA COLLEGE
What We Can All Do to Lead More Connected, Kinder Lives.
Loneliness has reached the levels of an epidemic in the UK. From the bullied child to the new parent, from the pensioner who has outlived friends and family members to teenagers who manage their social lives through the glow of a mobile phone, it can affect anyone and everyone, irrespective of age, race or class. The last and ultimate taboo – many suffer in silence. What’s it like when loneliness descends? How does it announce itself, and how do you recognise it? Do you discuss it, or conceal it? From where can you seek help? And how can you help others?
A Life Less Lonely shares stories of loneliness and social isolation, and looks for ways in which we can help one another to future-proof ourselves against this most insidious affliction. By talking to those who suffer from it, and by highlighting the work of those who fight to combat it, the book is a call to arms – the beginning of a national conversation about how we can end the stigma attached to loneliness.
‘How strange that in our inter-connected modern lives one of the greatest threats to happiness is loneliness. Nick Duerden has approached this dreadful and isolating condition head on, and huge comfort is to be found in the pages of his exceptionally perceptive and sympathetic book. The practical advice given is gold dust not only for lonely people, but for those who long to help them.’ Joanna Lumley
Nick Duerden is a writer, freelance broadsheet journalist and the author of two memoirs, Get Well Soon and The Reluctant Fathers’ Club. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, 5 and Sky News talking about his books and the arts and has written widely on health, the arts, travel and society.
Nick Duerden will be joined by Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For, at this panel event on loneliness.