I’d like to flag up a panel event I’m doing for the Herne Hill Kids’ Lit Fest in London on Feb 5th. Sarah Mussi, Muhammad Khan and I are talking teenage reading. I’ve been asked to add input about the teenage brain and I’m going to include something about motivation theory. I have a new theory about this being very relevant to the interesting interplay between the teenage prefrontal cortex (control, reason) and limbic system (emotion, drive, temptation, reward). Don’t worry, I’ll make it make sense! It will reveal something about ALL humans of all ages. (We’re not that different, you know…)
Teen Reading Panel
With Nicola Morgan, Sarah Mussi & Muhammad Khan – For All Ages
Wed 5 Feb 2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Station Hall, SE24 0JW
I’ll be reassuring, empathetic and – I hope – very interesting! I’M certainly fascinated by everything to do with brains, all the things that explain our differences and connections and similarities, our positive and negative behaviours. Understanding ‘how we work’ is so empowering, whatever age we are. I talk and write about mental health and wellbeing and building your brain whatever age you are, but find myself most drawn to talking to teenagers about it because I know how much better my own health would have been if I’d known this stuff 40 years ago. Don’t wait till you’re as old as me!
I haven’t met Sarah or Muhammad yet but I’m really looking forward to it. They both write great fiction aimed at teenagers and young adults, as I used to and might do one day again. Or I might not. If you come to the event, you can ask me why I might not.
For all the details about our panel and to book for you, your family, friends, colleagues, class, favourite people in the world, click here.
The whole programme is here.
Please come! The organisers have worked phenomenally hard and we will all be sad if we don’t get a buzzing audience!