The Midnight Library – A Panel Discussion

Running from
Last event: Sunday 7 November 2021 at 11am
  • Free (booking required)
    Unreserved seating
  • Garret Theatre

Part of: Chester Literature Festival

A fly-on-the-wall type event inspired by Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library. Emi Howe (Sociologist, Body Therapist and TEDx speaker) will be chatting with Leana Hughes (Counsellor, major accident survivor) and Gregory Starbuck (Integrative Counsellor) as they discuss personal trauma as a catalyst, happiness, mental health, resilience and those sliding doors moments some of us may or may not have experienced in our lives so far. There will be time for questions from the audience.

Emi Howe is a Sociologist, Body Therapist and TEDx speaker. A passionate advocate for valuing real bodies and all the health and life benefits that comes from that. We have gaps in our knowledge about bodies and through various means Emi helps us to ‘Fix the Glitch’! On Amazon these can be found in the books: The Body Hoax – How to Stop Believing in Fantasy Bodies and children’s picture book and associated activities Don’t Go Knocking on the Circus Door.

Since her cancer diagnosis, Emi Howe has been on a mission to uncover everything she can to support her real body values and has reaped the benefits beyond measure. Emi is a writer, researcher, campaigner and advocate of body reality. A member of The Speakers Collective, Corporate Advisor – instrumental in M&S’s 2019 diverse lingerie branding and a school and workplace educator. She has created body-real resources for groups of all ages. Emi is a multi-nominated body therapist and is raising two body-savvy kids.

Leana Hughes, originally from South Africa, has been in the UK since 1999. With a degree in Psychology obtained though the Open University and an MA in Clinical Counselling with University of Chester. She has worked as a counsellor in the NHS and has since set up a private practice in 2017 named Headscape Counselling and Therapy Service. Leana works with a wide range of issues from trauma, abuse, bereavement and relationship counselling.

After graduating in 2015 as an Integrative Counsellor, Gregory has spent the last 6 years working in Private Practice offering therapeutic counselling to individuals on a variety of mental health issues.
Working in Retail and Customer Service roles, Gregory finally came to the counselling profession following the death of his partner in 2010.
In addition, Gregory held a volunteer bereavement counsellor position for 4 years at The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, and has worked with a number of EAP Providers (Employee Assistance Program), offering short-term therapy”.
Matt Haig will not be present at this event.


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