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TEDxGlasgow - Murray Watts - On Hope and Hopelessness

Our health -- both mental and physical -- is a great determinant on how we live and die. Hope and hopelessness, rather than opposites, are companions in this journey, says playwright Murray Watts. The opposite of hope turns out to be something quite corrosive, but something that we are all equipped to rise above.More About Murray...In a career lasting forty years, Murray Watts has written many plays for theatre and radio, and numerous screenplays for TV and film. His work as a playwright, screenwriter and children's writer has won awards nationally and internationally. His stage plays have appeared on the London Fringe and Trafalgar Studios in the West End and major theatres throughout the UK, culminating in a season of his plays at The King's Head Theatre, London, in January 2012.His most recent play The Kiss was premiered at the Oran Mor Theatre in Glasgow in November 2011. Screenplays include: The Dream starring Jeremy Irons and The Miracle Maker which was released in Britain and Europe at the Millennium and won the MovieGuide Epiphany Prize as the most inspirational film on US TV in 2001.In the early 1990s, Murray Watts was the co-author of the BBC book, 'Relax: Dealing with Stress,' and wrote and co-presented the network TV series of the same name with organisational psychologist Professor Cary L Cooper. In the 1997 extended edition of the book, 'Stop The World', he developed new material on the subject of hope and human survival. In the same year, he became the director of The Wayfarer Trust, based at Freswick Castle in Caithness, a charity which he founded to provide encouragement, inspiration and hope in the world of the arts and media.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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