***EDITED TO ADD: for unavoidable reasons, a few days ago I had to pull out of this event. I am very sorry.***
I mean why come to my event? After all, it’s obvious why come to the EIBF: books (vast numbers, many signed), buzz (loud, but with quiet bits), authors (hundreds), sunshine (always – *cough*), ice cream (to die for). But why come to my event on Thursday August 22nd, especially if you are a parent, teacher, teenager or otherwise in the category of human who is interested in how minds work and worried about how modern minds work.
Here are some reasons:
- Because someone in the audience is bound to think I’m Nicky Morgan, the culture secretary, even after I’ve pointed out that I’m not, and that’s always good for a laugh (not joking – it happened when I was Education Secretary) (I mean when she was)
- This means it will obviously be a sell-out audience because people will think I’m Nicky Morgan and will have come so that they can hassle me about culture or education budgets; at some point all but one of them will realise I’m not and be happy because I will be talking about much more interesting things
- There could even be a police presence (I’m exaggerating – I hope)
- I will have free lovely postcards for everyone who asks for one – including the Body Brilliant pledge one
- And I will be throwing around (not literally) fabulous posters and things for schools
- And I will have a few other things to give away, including chocolate
- I am hoping to bring a cake onto stage because cake is relevant to body image – I can’t promise this as I haven’t quite worked it into my talk (I haven’t started preparing my talk…)
- I am going to be talking about body image, where it comes from, how it’s affected by the modern world
- I need you to come because although my body image is negatively impacted by an audience looking at me, my professional self-esteem, self-actualisation and raison d’être are even more negatively impacted by having no audience to look at me
Please do come. And even better, tell me you’re coming on Twitter, just to reassure me that there will be at least one person looking at me. But then close your eyes so you’re not actually looking at me. But nod a lot so that I know you’re listening.
Actually, my body image improved a lot from writing and researching Body Brilliant. You should try it!