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Listen in: Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012

9 Nov, 2012

The literary elite joined us for a celebration of medicine in literature on Wednesday evening, for the ceremony to award the 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize. A combination of canapés, sparkling wine and conversation made for a fantastic evening, hosted by Wellcome Collection.

The shortlisted authors were joined by top writers, publishers and the judges themselves; the award was presented by the chair of the judges, broadcaster Mark Lawson, and the Wellcome Trust’s chairman, Sir Bill Castell.

Thomas Wright received the £25,000 prize for his book, Circulation, a biography of William Harvey who discovered the circulation of the blood.

The evening was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the winner, everyone on the shortlist and the theme of medicine in literature. Armed with a recorder, Holly Story discovered what books our guests read when they’re under the weather, and got some tips on how to get over writer’s block.

Image: (l-r) Sir Bill Castell, Thomas Wright, Mark Lawson (Credit: Wellcome Images)
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  1. 9 Nov, 2012 12:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recordings from what must have been a fun event.

    When it comes to writer’s block, I find writing uncensored gibberish first thing in the morning works for me – it clears the mind of the distracting clutter that gets in the way of the useful ideas, and sometimes a few good words come to me naturally. As it happens, these so-called “Morning Pages” are something I’ve written about myself – see

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