Body of Essays

  • Performance
Photograph of a seated audience waiting for a radio broadcast to begin in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection.
Radio event in the Reading Room, David Bishop. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join us to listen to five writers as they read moving and comical personal essays, each focusing on a different body part. All the 15-minute readings will be recorded for later broadcast as part of ‘The Essay’ series on BBC Radio 3.

You can also read these essays in our book, ‘Beneath the Skin: Great Writers on the Body’, which you can buy on the night.

With your ticket you'll get after-hours access to our 'Teeth' exhibition, and Wellcome Café will be open until 19:00 for refreshments before the event.

About the performers

Kayo Chingonyi chooses the blood, and reveals a tragic personal story of HIV AIDS and his native Zambia. 

Patrick McGuinness explores the grottiness of the labyrinthine ear. 

A L Kennedy homes in on the ability of our nose to conjure memories. 

Abi Curtis considers how our eyes both connect us to and alienate us from the world.

Imtiaz Dharker casts the liver as the true seat of our feelings.

‘Body of Essays’ is a Cast Iron production for BBC Radio 3.

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