On Monday 1st October, you're invited to an evening exploring the subjects that everyone NEEDS to talk about but no one knows HOW, in a beautiful grade two listed house on the banks of the Thames.
In our work we've come across so many difficult subjects that need to be discussed. We've been privileged enough to meet people who are finding imaginative, intelligent, creative and inspiring ways to open up the conversation, however difficult the subject.
In our first event of this kind, we've put together a vibrant evening of talks addressing some of these subjects and the creative approaches to talking about them - to inspire us to open up and having difficult conversations of our own, to reduce the stigma surrounding them and to bring them out of the shadows and give them the platform they deserve.
We’ll be exploring stigma, shouting about subjects too often ignored and facing the ‘unfaceable’ head-on. We hope you’ll join us for a brave and brazen exploration and deconstruction of so many of our society’s taboos.
Come along for a surprisingly uplifting, life-affirming and cutting-edge evening and be at the forefront of the movement to abolish ‘taboos’ and normalise ‘difficult’.
In the beautiful setting of Linden House, a grade two listed house on the banks of the Thames, we'll hear from speakers who are facing their subjects head on with style, substance, determination, grit, boldness, bravery and impact.
The Ballroom will be set up salon style and you're welcome to attend as much or as little of the evening as you want.
The bar will be open from 6pm for drinks and will remain open throughout the evening.
Talks will begin at 7pm.
Join Carla Valentine, author, mortician and Technical Assistant Curator at Barts Pathology Museum, Louise Winter, funeral director & founder of Poetic Endings and Caroline Rosie Dent, an end of life doula and death cafe host, to talk about our weird relationship with death and how to re-imagine it.
Hosted by Suzanne Noble of Advantages of Age as part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Buy tickets here.
To philosophize is to learn to die’, writes Michel de Montaigne, in a lineage of death-preoccupied thinkers reaching back to Plato’s Socrates. Can philosophers fulfil such a lofty injunction? How might learning to die teach us how to live, or how to live-on while mourning another’s death? London School of Economics bring together practitioners and thinkers to discuss how medicine, technology, art, and philosophy might make a good death possible.
Conor Cunningham, Associate Professor in Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham
Laura Salisbury, Professor in Medicine and English Literature, University of Exeter
Louise Winter, Funeral Director, ‘Poetic Endings’; Founder and organizer, Life. Death. Whatever Festival
Danielle Sands, Fellow, the Forum; Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London
On the evening of Friday 3rd November, you're invited to explore our complex and contradictory attitudes to death through the paintings in the collection and the Gallery’s own architecture in this Gallery Late: Death: A Portrait.
Take time to explore death and dying through life drawing with Art Macabre - purveyors of sketching salons infected with a lethal dose of curiosity and creativity.
Come along to Sutton House from 26th - 30th October to spend some time with the Therapy Dogs and the one and only Pat Cat.
Join the Good Funeral Guild to hear from Lara-Rose Iredale and Carla Valentine - Living for the Dead.
Through storytelling and a guided hands on activity, Caroline Lloyd aka The Grief Geek will guide children through the bonds that form attachment and loss in a fun and interactive workshop.
A life affirming foraged Supper Club brought to you by Herb Lab London and Mama Xanadu served in the splendour of Sutton House's Great Chamber.
Join the Good Funeral Guild to learn how to put together a creative funeral ceremony with the help of the UK's best ceremonialists and celebrants. Featuring Tiu de Haan and Emma Curtis of Extraordinary Ceremonies.
A feast of puppetry, song, shadow and story with a dark and irreverant undertone. Twice Shy Theatre take you on a journey to delve the depths of story and song as a means of exploring the unknowable depths of what may lie beyond and what is left behind.
Life in one corner, death in another and grief centre stage; join us at the National Trust's Sutton House for an interactive & thought provoking spin on grief from The Grief Geek, Caroline Lloyd.
So you want to work in the #DeathBiz? Join the Good Funeral Guild to hear from a fascinating panel of people who work in all aspects of funeral service. From mortuary technicians, funeral directors, natural burial ground managers, crematorium superintendents to Funeralworld CEOs.
Join Lucy Talbot (Death & the Maiden) and Harriet Allner (The Scribble Bug) for a cosy Sunday evening by the fire in the Great Chamber of Sutton House to discuss Sylvia Plath's masterpiece, The Bell Jar.
Join storytelling and music collective Candlelit Tales London for an evening of myths and folk stories from around the world, treading the fine line between life, death and whatever.
Style to the End tells the story behind the outfits three women will wear to their graves. Join us for the screening of this thought provoking and beautifully shot short film commissioned by Nowness and directed by Avril Furness.
Funeralworld is having a party to celebrate the launch of The Good Funeral Guild. Whatever your interests in funerals, come along to drink deathly cocktails, see the Life. Death. Whatever exhibition after hours and meet the people who are the change the funeral industry has been waiting for.
Josefine Speyer and Claudia Boulton present The Poetry Challenge 2016 in the Wenlock Barn of Sutton House. Spend a Sunday afternoon drinking tea, eating cake and enjoying poetry.
You can either recite a poem to raise money for a charity of your choice, or simply listen as part of the audience.