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Sleep Stories, an exclusive commission at Durham Book Festival 2021

The podcast episodes will go live from Saturday 9 October

With Durham Book Festival, we have commissioned leading British writers Salena Godden, Jenn Ashworth and Andrew McMillan to each write and record an exclusive short story inspired by the theme of sleep. These stories are being released as a podcast series (the episodes will go live on 9th October, 16th, and 23rd). Find out more about “Sleep Stories” and listen to the podcast series here.

To launch the initiative, a roundtable discussion, “Sleep Stories and the Science of Sleep” took place on 9th October, 8-9pm BST and is available to watch on demand until 31st October. The roundtable delves into the science and culture of sleep. Dr Diletta De Cristofaro is joined by Salena Godden whose debut novel, Mrs Death Misses Death is shortlisted for the 2021 Gordon Burn Prize, Jason Ellis, Professor in Psychology and the Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, and Dr Erik Hoel, a neuroscientist and author of The Revelations. The speakers discuss the rewards and challenges of engaging with sleep in creative writing, sleep and sleep disorders in our hyperconnected and restless world, a theory of the neural purpose of dreaming that has striking resonances with the purposes of fiction, and much more.

Salena Godden (left) and Diletta De Cristofaro (right)

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Il sonno è in crisi? Che cosa ci dice la cultura contemporanea

Talk in Italianby Dr Diletta De Cristofaro at MEETmeTONIGHT2021, part of the European Researchers’ Night, September 2021

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“Are We in a Sleep Crisis? Perspectives from Contemporary Culture”

A talk at The Lit&Phil by Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, June 2021

Picture credit: Insomnia. Stephen Magrath. CC0 1.0 Universal

Forty Winks Café, part of Being Human Festival 2020

This online event on representations of sleep in contemporary culture and sleep health was held in partnership with New Writing North. The event was chaired by Claire Malcolm of New Writing North and featured talks by Prof Katy Shaw, Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, and Prof Jason Ellis. The café was part of Being Human Festival (November 2020), the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. 

Forty Winks Café was selected as a case study for holding a successful Being Human Festival café. Read more here.

Forty Winks Café’s crowd-sourced list of recommended books, films, and videos featuring sleep