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Falmouth University Writer in Residence

I’m very pleased to say that I am Falmouth University’s Writer in Residence. I will be joining their School of Writing and Journalism from Monday 27th April until Tuesday 12th May. Share

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Reasons to Stay Alive

5 Reasons to Stay Alive: Share

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New events

I do hope to meet some of you at one of these events this year: Friday 17th April, 7pm, Cheltenham Waterstones, Call for tickets - 0843 290 8227 Saturday 18th April, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Cambridge Lit Fest, Cambridge Union Library, Tickets Tuesday 21st April, 7-9pm, Getting it Right: Writing about Mental Health with Lisa Appignanesi and Howard Cooper, […]

Books Echo Boy

Echo Boy

The UK paperback edition of Echo Boy will be published on March 26th by Corgi. Lots of people have been saying very nice things about it: ‘highly original page turner’ Independent on Sunday ‘a cracking plot with profound philosophical questions about what it is to be human. Fearless and beautifully written, it confirms Haig […]

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Reasons to Stay Alive

5 Reasons to Stay Alive:

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Falmouth University Writer in Residence

UnknownI’m very pleased to say that I am Falmouth University’s Writer in Residence. I will be joining their School of Writing and Journalism from Monday 27th April until Tuesday 12th May.

Events

New events

I do hope to meet some of you at one of these events this year:

Friday 17th April, 7pm, Cheltenham Waterstones, Call for tickets - 0843 290 8227

Saturday 18th April, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Cambridge Lit Fest, Cambridge Union Library, Tickets

Tuesday 21st April, 7-9pm, Getting it Right: Writing about Mental Health with Lisa Appignanesi and Howard Cooper, Society of Authors, Freud Museum LondonTicket

Thursday 23rd April, Portsmouth Blackwell’s, Call for tickets - 023 9283 2813

Saturday 25th April, 10am – 11am, Chipping Norton Literary Festival, Town Hall, Tickets

Monday 11th May,  6-8pm, Falmouth public lecture, Chapel Theatre, Falmouth University

Wednesday 13th May, Derbyshire Literature Festival, Chesterfield Library, Tickets

Thursday 14th May, London event in partnership with Mind & Scottish Mental Health Foundation

Friday 22nd May, 3-4pm, Sydney Writers Festival, Neuroses and Diagnoses: Characters and their Psychology Free with Anne Buist and Michael Christie, Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Free

Sunday 24th May, 1.30-2.30pm, Sydney Writers Festival, The Happiness Dilemma with Paul Dolan, Amanda Lohrey and Rebecca Huntley, Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Tickets

Sunday 24th May, 1.30-2.30pm, Sydney Writers Festival, Darkness and Light with Brooke Davis and Meredith Jaffe, Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Tickets

Saturday 30th May, 4pm, Hay Festival, Good Energy Stage Hay, Tickets

Wednesday 24th June, time tbc,  Head in a Book, Hull library

Saturday 4th July, 2pm, Harrogate Literature Festival, Crown Hotel, Harrogate

Friday 31st July – 2nd August, date and time tbc, Port Elliot Festival

17th-19th July, date and time tbc, Curious Arts

16th-19th July, date and time tbc, Latitude

28th – 30th August, date and time tbc, Greenbelt Festival

23rd – 25th October, date and time tbc, Dundee Literary Festival

Saturday 14th November, time tbc, You Book Day, London

20th – 29th November, time tbc, Folkestone Festival

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How To Be A Writer

Here’s a video I made. It’s a slightly tragic insight into the life of a self-absorbed writer.  

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Reasons to Stay Alive

My new book is called Reasons to Stay Alive. It’s out now in UK published by Canongate. Here’s the cover:Untitled 6

This is the blurb from the book:

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?

Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

‘I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.’

It’s getting some lovely reviews:

“For anyone who has faced the black dog, or felt despair, this marvellous book is a real comfort, dealing sympathetically with depression, written with candour and from first-hand experience. I think it is a small masterpiece. It might even save lives” JOANNA LUMLEY

“A really great read, and essential to our collective well-being” JO BRAND

“Maybe the most important book I’ve read this year” SIMON MAYO

“A life-saving book” AMANDA CRAIG

“Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light” MICHAEL PALIN

“Full of wisdoms and warmth” NATHAN FILER

“Matt Haig is a marvellous writer: limpid; tender; passionate. In this memoir (and it’s short, barely 200 pages long), he manages to articulate, both the bleakness of depression and the means of dealing with it, little by little, day by day, without ever sounding maudlin, or self-indulgent, or preachy. For everyone who has ever felt the snap of the black dog’s teeth, this book is wise, funny, affirming and redemptive. Sometimes depression can be like falling into a wordless pit. Matt Haig finds the words. And he says them for all of us” JOANNE HARRIS

Reasons to Stay Alive is wonderful. I read it in one sitting. Touching, funny, thought-provoking, with a huge heart. It should be read by anyone who has suffered, or known someone who has suffered (i.e.. everyone)” S J WATSON

“Fascinating and beautifully written” IAN RANKIN

“Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful” JENNY COLGAN

“Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription” REV. RICHARD COLES

It’s going to be published in America by Viking, Germany by DTV, Canada by Harper Collins.