Hidden Bodies

  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text
Photograph of five panellists sat on a raised stage in front of an audience. Behind them is a red carpeted staircase. The walls are bathed in a purple wash of up-lighters.
Panel discussion in the Reading Room, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Hear from five writers as they uncover some of their deepest secrets in this evening hosted by Bidisha. Anna Blundy, Deanna Fei, Courttia Newland, Hannah Partos and Rupert Thomson will read personal essays on birth, procreation, sexuality and death. These recently published stories respond to newly digitised objects at Wellcome Collection. Read the stories in full here.

About your contributors

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Bidisha is a British broadcaster, film-maker and journalist specialising in international affairs, social justice issues, arts and culture, and international human rights.

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Courttia Newland


Courttia Newland’s short stories have featured in many anthologies, and he has been on the shortlist for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library Award. His most recent books include the novel ‘The Gospel According to Cane’ (2013) and ‘Writing Short Stories’ (2014, with Tania Hershman).

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Deanna Fei


Deanna Fei is author of ‘Girl in Glass: Dispatches From the Edge of Life’ (2015), about Mila’s journey from prematurity to health, and ‘A Thread of Sky’ (2010); her writing has appeared in the New York Times, TIME and Fortune, among others. She also works with non-profit organisations to raise awareness of the true tolls of prematurity.

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Hannah Partos


Hannah Partos is a writer whose work has been published in the Guardian, the Times and the Mail on Sunday, among others. She often works with Anthony Nolan, the UK’s stem cell register and blood cancer charity. In 2016, she won Anthony Nolan’s Journalist of the Year award. 

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Rupert Thomson


British writer Rupert Thomson is the author of 11 novels and a memoir, ‘This Party’s Got to Stop’, which won the Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2010. His most recent novel is ‘Never Anyone But You’, based on the real-life relationship and creative collaboration between artists Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun.

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Anna Blundy


Anna Blundy is a journalist and novelist who retrained as a psychotherapist and founded The Mind Field. Her books include five thrillers featuring Faith Zanetti, a war correspondent.