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This event is part of the British Academy's season on Utopia or Dystopia - Imagining Futures
Loneliness is a prevailing theme in dystopian fiction and film. Yet with nine million Britons suffering from loneliness today, these dark imaginings seem uncomfortably close to reality. While the government has launched a loneliness strategy to tackle this silent epidemic, what more needs to be done on a local level to support those feeling cut off from friends and family? In the first ‘fix our futures’ event, we bring together experts from different fields to discuss how we ourselves can help break down barriers to social participation.
Jim Cooke, Head of Foundation, Co-op Foundation
Professor Tia DeNora FBA, Professor of Sociology of Music, University of Exeter
Dr Daisy Fancourt, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care, UCL; British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award Holder in 2017
Dr Zubaida Haque, Deputy Director, The Runnymede Trust
Kathryn Perera, Deputy Director, NHS Horizons; Key Advisor to the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission
Alex Smith, Founder and CEO, The Cares Family and Obama Fellow
Emily Reynolds, Freelance Journalist and Author
£5, £3 concessions
The concession rate applies to: unwaged / retired / students / disabled. Free entrance is offered to companions or carers of disabled visitors.