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  • Date and time: Saturday 3 June 2023, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    King's Manor, Exhibition Square (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

People often say they want to have a ‘good death’. But what does that mean? 

Campaigns to legalise assisted dying are gaining ground around the world. There is a growing tendency for death to be discussed more openly and funerals are often much less sombre than they used to be. And, with an increasingly ageing population and the challenges facing the care system, questions about how our later years can be managed are very topical.

Explore these and other issues about ‘end of life’ with our expert panellists, including Yorkshire author Colin Philpott, whose debut novel Deathday is set in 2045 England, where, by law, life ends at the age of 90.

Please note that there is limited wheelchair access. Email for questions regarding accessibility.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too. 

About the speakers

Colin Philpott has 25 years of experience in programme-making and journalism at the BBC, and eight years as a national museum director. He is the author of Deathday, set in 2045, where euthanasia at 90 is compulsory. He has also written three books on 20th-century history: on Second World War secret sites, Nazi architecture and the stories of British places affected by news events.


University of York