Vanessa Potter aka Patient H69 (Author Event)
#SIXTY: Introducing Writer, Producer, Speaker Vanessa Potter aka Patient H69
FREE EVENT part of our #Sixty events in 2019 – celebrating positive ageing!
Before she came to science communication Vanessa had spent 16 years as an award winning broadcast producer working within the London advertising industry. Then, in October 2012 fate conspired to turn the lights out on her, and overnight she found herself blind and paralysed.
Vanessa’s response to her illness was to document the entire journey via an Mp3 player. Her curiosity and quest for answers led her to Cambridge University persuading neuroscientists to help her research her incredible visual rebirth. After collaborating on an EEG project that invited members of the public to see and hear their own mindful brainwaves translated into music and art based on her own therapeutic use of meditation, Vanessa was invited to give a TEDx talk in Ghent.
Vanessa published her first book – Patient H69: The Story of my Second Sight by Bloomsbury in 2017, which was The Times best memoir 2017, a BBC Focus top 20 book of 2017 and voted an Amazon best science book of 2017. Vanessa is currently working on her second non-fiction book, along with co-writing a pilot tv series. An extraordinary and powerful account, Vanessa’s journey will leave you learning something new about yourself too.
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