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Participant Spotlight: Ruby Wax

Ruby WaxArriving in Britain from the United States in 1977, Ruby Wax began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  She went on to write and perform in her own hugely popular television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4 and was Script Editor on all series of Absolutely Fabulous.  Ruby has recently obtained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and spoke at TEDGlobal.  She has become the poster girl for mental illness in the UK.

At NOW Festival (Wilderness):

Ruby Wax – comedian, writer, mental health campaigner – shows us just how our minds can send us mad as our internal critics play on a permanent loop tape. ‘Don’t do that…why didn’t you…you should have…but you didn’t.’ Ruby knows those voices well. She has been on a tough, but enlightening journey through depression which has taken her from the Priory to now having an MA from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy.

Leading a Mindfulness workshop, she will help us all understand why we sabotage our sanity, how our brains work and how we can rewire our thinking – often through simple mindfulness techniques – to find calm in a frenetic world. Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the way to saner living.

” Sane New World: Taming the Mind” (Hodder & Stoughton) is Wax’s most recent book, a manual for understanding how the brain functions and how we can retrain our minds to bring us happiness. 

‘You Can Change Your Mind and How You Think’ – Ruby Wax




[Photograph by Catherine Ashmore]