Notes On A Nervous Planet: Matt Haig at L19 Cube – The Village

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Author Matt Haig.
Author Matt Haig.

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When he’s not writing kids books like The Truth Pixie and book club favourites like 2010 novel The Humans and 2017’s How To Stop Time, bestselling author Matt Haig also gets his personal experiences and insights out on paper, tackling some pretty heavy subjects in as light-hearted way as possible.

Described as ‘the poignant and natural follow-up’ to his first autobiographical tome, Reasons To Stay Alive – which delved into his dealings with depression and anxiety – his latest memoir, Notes On A Nervous Planet (Canongate), tries to come up with a solution; a how-to guide, if you will, to feeling happy, human and whole in the 21st Century.

Matt Haig promises tried-and-tested advice on how best to navigate the modern world safely and as stress-free as possible

After experiencing years of panic attacks, Haig began wondering how we can stay sane on a planet that makes us mad and how we can stay human in an increasingly technological world. We may be more connected than at any point in our history, yet in many ways we feel more alone. We have instant access to everything from information to food, yet this super-quick, nervous-energetic existence is creating equally jittery and nervous lives, with rates of stress and anxiety increasing faster than ever before as we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our Body Mass Index.

The world is messing with our minds, says Haig, and as he noticed his own questions starting to morph into urgent matters of life and death, he began to look for the link between what he was feeling and the world around him. The result is Notes On A Nervous Planet, which he will read from and talk about in an evening of positive and insightful discussion. He promises to offer a closer look at the challenges posed by our ever-changing technological landscape, along with his tried-and-tested advice on how best to navigate the modern world safely and as stress-free as possible.

Matt Haig’s talk is the fourth in a series curated by Leeds Beckett University on 9 May for this year’s Leeds International Festival, each exploring the same question: what does it mean to be human?

Find out about the other talks in the What Does It Mean To Be Human? series: Staying Human in a Busy World – Gelong Thubten (2.30-3.30pm), The Incredible Human Journey – Professor Alice Roberts (4.30-5.30pm) and How Good Should a Country Be? – Simon Anholt (6.30-7.30pm). Tickets for all four talks can be purchased for £38 – see the Leeds International Festival website for details.

Be sure to also check out our guide to Literary Places in Leeds.

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Where to go near Notes On A Nervous Planet: Matt Haig at L19 Cube – The Village

The Tetley Bar and Kitchen
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The Tetley Bar and Kitchen

The Tetley Bar and Kitchen is a British restaurant based in the heart of Leeds, where all proceeds go towards supporting the venue’s artistic programme.

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Sheaf Street Cafeteria

Part of the effortlessly cool Duke Studios, Sheaf Street offers all kinds of interesting food and drink plus events and resident DJs.

The Adelphi Leeds
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The Adelphi Leeds

Old Victorian pub, decked out with wood panelling and old tiling, specialising in real ale and quality pub food.

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Salem Chapel, Leeds

Salem Chapel is a multipurpose venue for conferences, exhibitions, meetings and training days in Leeds. 

Riveresque Cafe Leeds
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Riveresque is a laid-back riverside café in the heart of Leeds.

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Malmaison Leeds

Stylish hotel in Leeds that does it all, and does it well, with dark mood lighting and that glorious purple colour scheme

42 The Calls Leeds
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42 The Calls is a modernised boutique hotel that sits beside the River Aire, minutes walk from the Royal Armouries Museum.

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Neon Cactus

The go-to place in Leeds when it comes to vibrant Mexican food and tequila-based cocktails and special one-off menus.

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White Cloth Hall

White Cloth Hall is a new food and drink project, based in a Grade II listed venue in Leeds city centre.

OPEN/CLOSED — lewdjaw, courtesy of Serf, art galleries in Leeds
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Underpinned by an open, inclusive and communal ethos, Serf facilitates a brilliantly eclectic, ‘non-curated’ programme of exhibitions.

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Power, Corruption and Lies

Forward-thinking restaurant and cocktail bar on Leeds’ bustling Call Lane. Named after the equally-excellent New Order album, but you knew that already, right?

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LIVIN’Italy Dough House

Authentic Italian pizza and skillfully-made cocktails at this new Italian restaurant on Cloth Hall Street in the centre of Leeds.

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