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Review: 5x15: Bodies in the Adnams Spiegeltent

PUBLISHED: 10:16 27 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 27 May 2018

5x15: Bodies was part of this years Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme.  Photo: Sonya Duncan

5x15: Bodies was part of this years Norfolk and Norwich Festival programme. Photo: Sonya Duncan

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This Writers' Centre Norwich event brought together five speakers for a diverse set of 15 minute talks on our often frustrating and surprising bodies.

Suzanne O’Sullivan spoke about treating broad manifestations of epilepsy: not just commonly-known seizures, but symptoms like uncontrolled running. Research has moved on from hitting parts of the brain with spatulas to targeted surgery to prevent incidents.

Jack Hartnell protested that medieval medics get a bad wrap; while their ideas might not have lasted, some themes and concepts are paralleled in today’s approaches.

Rachel Clarke opened with the shocking statement that “dying is my day job”, going on to speak movingly on palliative care and the power of storytelling in an area of the NHS not easily captured in numbers and targets.

Aarathi Prasad gave a fascinating and challenging insight into how little we know about reproduction, from the ancient non-human retro virus that makes pregnancy possible, to the chimera-like individuals whose DNA defies convention.

GP Gavin Francis rounded off the talks looking at how we change throughout our lives, from puberty grow spurts to mental changes, and down to a microbial level how our blood shapeshifts to carry oxygen.

James Goffin

• 5x15: Bodies was part of this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival. For your daily guide to festival events click here

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