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Writing Health from the Eighteenth Century to the Twenty-First


The Great Hall

A Conference Celebrating the Leverhulme-funded Writing Doctors Research Project

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation the organisers have taken the difficult decision to cancel this conference. Delegates will receive a full refund in due course.

The conference focuses on writing by and about doctors and other health practitioners, encompassing everything from physicians and apothecaries to midwives and cunning women. Its aim is to give scholars the opportunity to explore the phenomenon of writing doctors and its wide social effects, whether it be representations of medical practitioners in literature and art or creative works written by medical people. We welcome proposals from a wide range of disciplines on cultural, economic and gender history, as well as literary, visual and performing arts.

Plenary Speakers

  • Pratik Chakrabarti, University of Manchester;
  • Tita Chico, University of Maryland;
  • Michelle Faubert, University of Manitoba.

Call for Papers

The call for papers is open until Friday 15th November 2019.

A selection of revised papers is expected to be published as part of the project outputs

Travel Information

Newcastle is a vibrant city and was awarded “Best City in Britain” by The Guardian Travel Awards in 2014. The city boasts world-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture. These are linked, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit. The city of Newcastle is united with its neighbour Gateshead (on the south bank) by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape of the River Tyne. 

If arriving from the airport we recommend that you catch the Metro directly to the city centre (single ticket, three zones A+B+C, costing £3.50), and get off at Monument station. From there it is a very short walk to the conference venue, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University (College Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST – no. 30 on this campus map). If you’re arriving by train it might be just as easy to walk from Central Station (15-20 minutes).

There is more travel information here. 


The cost of accommodation is not included in the delegate fee and delegates would be required to book their own accommodation. This allows delegates to choose from a range of hotels across the city and Quayside, to meet their own needs, preferences and budget.

There are many hotels in Newcastle, but here are three options from different price ranges. Please note that prices are likely to rise the nearer you get to the time of travel.

New Bridge Hotel – c. £35 night

Used to be the Premier Inn. Very simple but we use it for a lot of our events. It is the closest hotel to the conference venue.

91 Aparthotel, Jesmond – c. £51 night

Very close to our venue but located in a quieter suburb.

Grey Street Hotel – c. £80 night

Boutique hotel in the centre of town, near the station. Around 15 minutes’ walk from the conference venue.

If anyone has any dietary or accessibility requirements please let us know.


Event Details

The Great Hall
Sutherland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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