Raymond Tallis

Raymond Tallis

On Life and Death and The Black Mirror

Bristol800/
Sat 19 March 2016

Raymond Tallis

On Life and Death and The Black Mirror

Raymond Tallis
Sat 19 March 2016,

Life is finite. Doctor and writer on many subjects, Raymond Tallis reflects on this fundamental fact of existence with a personal meditation on life and living. Tallis invites us to look at our lives from a unique standpoint: one’s own future corpse. From this perspective, he shows that the world now vacated can be seen most clearly in all its richness and complexity, the meaning it provided for us and how we acquired meaning for others .

Blending lyrical reflection, humour and philosophical argument, Tallis explores his own post-mortem recollection and helps us to appreciate anew the precariousness and preciousness of life. The Observer called Tallis’ The Black Mirror wise, original and enlightening. By considering the idea of death in this way, Tallis provides an intriguing vantage point from which to view life.

This is one of the events in a special weekend of activity looking at endings and beginnings (a theme which will also be part of other festival events in 2016).

It is part of Bristol800: a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Bristol800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).

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