Dragon Hall

A new monthly debate series has been unveiled by the Norwich-based National Centre for Writing, tackling exhaustion, guts, and surveillance.

The free Dragon Hall Debates are being staged jointly with the University of East Anglia, and held at the NCW headquarters on King Street, Norwich.

The series kicks off on September 23 with Exhaustion, where writer and journalist Dawn Foster will critique the notion of millennial burnout, UEA’s Dr Alpar Lazar will examine the link between lack of sleep and the onset of dementia, and author Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner will argue that exhaustion has always been a part of our collective narrative.

In the October 21 debate on Guts, journalist and broadcaster Tim Hayward will help digest our social history, Dr Lindsay Hall from the Quadram Institute will expand on the interactions between stomachs and microbiota, and UEA’s Professor Tiffany Atkinson will share her views on the (sometimes embarrassing) ways that our anatomy has been represented culturally and historically.

The final debate, on November 25, will take a look at Surveillance, with Chief Executive of Index on Censorship Jodie Ginsberg exploring the censoring effects of surveillance on the press, while UEA’s Dr Joe Purshouse will challenge the legality of facial recognition technology and UEA’s Dr Kaeten Mistry will explore what happens after the proverbial whistle is blown.

All events start at 7pm and are free to attend, though booking is required.

For full details and booking visit the Dragon Hall Debates website.

Update – November 22, 2019 – The Surveillance debate planned for November 25 has been postponed due to industrial action by university staff.