Join Alastair in a life affirming evening celebrating the power of speaking honestly about our feelings and experiences... as well as a fair bit about his beloved Burnley FC. “Last Christmas I almost killed myself. Almost. I’ve had a lot of almosts. Never gone from almost to deed. Don’t think I ever will. But it was a bad almost.” We all know someone with depression. There is barely a family untouched by it. We may be talking about it more than we did, back in the era of ‘boys don’t cry’ – they did, you know, – and when a brave face or a stiff upper lip or a best foot forward was seen as the only way to go. But we still don’t talk about it enough. There is still stigma, and shame, and taboo. Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. A former 'Mind Champion of the Year', he is an ambassador for several mental health charities. In November 2017 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness. A copy of Alastair's book is available to purchase for an additonal £12.50 alongside a ticket to this event. Times: 8pm-9.30pm Tickets: £28.50*, £21*, Under 25's £5*, Festival Friends £2 off Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds *Includes £1 booking fee This event is promoted by Bury Festival and Words Weekend.