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Notes On A Nervous Planet


Matt Haig - Notes On A Nervous Planet. How to be your best self in a fast-paced world.

Part of Leeds International Festival.

The world is messing with our minds.

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. We are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.

  • How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
  • How do we stay human in a technological world?

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig, so he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. The poignant and natural follow up to Matt’s Reasons To Stay Alive, which sat in the bestseller list for over 46 weeks, Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

Join the author for an evening of positive and insightful discussion about the modern world, offering a closer look at the challenges posed by our ever-changing technological landscape and his advice on how best to navigate it.

After his talk, Matt will be signing copies of a selection of his books for purchase.

Follow Matt on Twitter @matthaig1

Ticket price: £12

Age restrictions: Minimum Age 14 

Under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult.


Event Details

9 May 2019 -
9 May 2019
20:30 - 21:30
L19 Cube @ The Village, The Tetley
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Guest Speaker Bio: Matt Haig

Matt Haigh

Matt Haig's novels and non-fiction books include the bestsellers Notes on a Nervous Planet, How to Stop Time, The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans. His books have been translated into 30 languages. All his novels for adults have been optioned for film, by such people as Plan B/Brad Pitt (The Last Family in England), BFI/Tanya Seghatchian (The Humans), Parallel Films (The Possession of Mr Cave) and Alfonso Cuaron (The Radleys). 

He has also written screenplays and novels for children, including Shadow Forest, To Be A Cat, the YA novel Echo Boy and most recently the hugely successful A Boy Called Christmas. He won the TV Book Club book of the series, and has been shortlisted for a Galaxy National Book Award. The Humans was chosen as a 2014 World Book Night title. His children's novels have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal three times. His most recent book Notes on a Nervous Planet is a current Sunday Times Bestseller, and How to Stop Time spent six months on the bestseller list, while Reasons to Stay Alive spent over 14 weeks in bestseller list. The Guardian summed up his writing as 'funny, clever and quite, quite lovely' by The Times and the New York Times called him 'a writer of great talent'. 

The Truth Pixie, part of the Boy Called Christmas series, was published in October 2018. Matt's favourite colour is indigo and he likes peanut butter on toast.

After his talk, Matt will be signing copies of a selection of his books for purchase.

Follow Matt on Twitter @matthaig1

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