Experiences of Recovery

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text
  • 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.


This event will have live automated speech-to-text transcription, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The text will be embedded in the event video window and ticketholders will also receive a link to open subtitles in a separate window.

Audio described

The host and speakers will describe themselves and key visual elements they refer to, which may be useful for blind, partially sighted and neurodiverse attendees. 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


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 has described the pandemic response of 2020 as the most intense period of his 20-year career in medicine. He’s the author of the Sunday Times bestseller ‘Adventures in Human Being’, which was a BMA Book of the Year, and ‘Shapeshifters’. His books have won the SMIT Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Saltire Award for Non-Fiction and been shortlisted for the Ondaatje and Costa Prizes. He also writes for the Guardian, The Times, the London Review of Books and Granta. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.

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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.