News & Upcoming Events

11th June 2021 – Claudia chairs an event on the Science of Courage at the Cheltenham Science Festival

Under Pressure: The Science Of Courage

Fri 11 Jun 5:00pm – 5:55pm, Pillar Room, Town Hall, Cheltenham

How would you react under extreme pressure? For some, courage comes naturally in stressful situations; for others, the ability to keep a cool head can seem almost impossible. Considering everything from public speaking to emergency situations, Claudia is joined by psychologists Rachel Manning and Patrick Tissington and mental health campaigner and adventurer Alex Staniforth to discuss the qualities of courage, heroism and bravery and to explore whether we can train ourselves to process fear more successfully when everyday life puts us under pressure.

Find details of this live event, which will also be streamed, here 

27th May 2021 – Claudia joins a panel at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to discuss The Anatomies of Touch

Thursday 27 May at 17.30 – Anatomies of Touch

Claudia will be taking part in an online discussion of the Anatomies of Touch with a specially invited panel that also includes  hand surgeon James Hopkinson-Woolley, and artist Jane Dixon. The event will be chaired by Suzanne Reynolds and Elenor Ling, co-curators of a new exhibition on touch  The Human Touch, open 18 May-1 August. Tickets for the event here 

9th May 2021 – Claudia discusses The Art of Rest at The Swindon Festival of Literature

What is rest? How do we rest best? Why is there ‘no rest for the wicked’? What is not rest? Why do we need rest? Is rest best? Do we really rest when we sleep? What’s the difference? Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different. Rest is how we unwind, calm our minds, and recharge our bodies.  Claudia Hammond reveals how we get real rest and how it is directly linked to our sense of wellbeing. Counting down through the top ten most restful activities, Claudia explains precisely why rest matters; looks at the science that shows what really works; and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life. This event will take place at 6pm on Sunday 9th May. More information here

23rd April 2021 – Claudia Hammond discusses ‘The art and neuroscience of rest’ as part of the British Neuroscience Association’s festival of neuroscience

In ‘The art and neuroscience of rest’ Claudia Hammond will examine why rest matters, why the brain needs rest as well as sleep and how we can find more rest in our lives.  Register free here 

12th April 2021 – Claudia Hammond’s book The Art of Rest is published in Germany

The Art of Rest is published in Germany by Dumont as Die Kunst des Ausruhens

This is the latest foreign translation of The Art of Rest – in all the book has been translated into 17 languages, with some lovely covers.

26th January 2021 – Claudia Hammond discussed her book Time Warped on BBC Radio 4 programme The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry

Drawing on her book Time Warped published in 2012, Claudia joined presenters Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry to explain how emotion and memory are big factors in how time is perceived,  stressing how time can stretch and squeeze depending on whether you are looking backwards or forwards, and revealing how lockdowns because of the Covid pandemic have warped time in different ways for different people.

Listen back to the programme here

3rd December 2020 – Claudia Hammond discusses her latest book The Art of Rest at The Royal Institution

Using results from The Rest Test – the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken – Claudia will explain why rest matters, examine the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.

This on-line event will take place between 7pm and 8.30pm

You can register for this event here

19th November 2020 – Claudia Hammond joins A Drink with the Idler

Claudia Hammond will join Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson and philosopher Mark Vernon for a chat about rest.

This event is free for Idler subscribers.

It is an online event. Find more here

14th November 2020 – Claudia Hammond talks about rest at the Stylist Live 2020 event

Claudia  will be looking at the art of rest in a pandemic, speaking about how we can unwind and recharge our bodies for a more restful and balanced life.

This on-line event will start at 11.30am

Find more information and tickets here

13th November 2020 – Claudia Hammond co-curates part of the #KindFest 2020

Claudia Hammond will be co-curating Tent 3 – Thinking Kindness with Professor Robin Bannerjee who runs Sussex University’s Kindness Research.

The event will focus on kindness-focused research.

  • What do we know about kindness?

  • How does kindness work?

  • What is the relationship between health and kindness?

  • How does kindness affect us and those around us?

  • How can we build kinder communities?

Find more information and tickets here 

1st November 2020 – The Art of Rest  is unveiled as ”Nonfiction book of the month” by the leading bookshop chain, Waterstones.

Waterstones describe The Art of Rest as “sure to restore the equilibrium.Drawing on a ground-breaking global study of rest, as distinct from sleep, Hammond’s practical and inspiring book unravels the transformative benefits of quality downtime and the secrets of how to unwind.”

The Art of Rest is one of just four books chosen as a prestigious ‘book of the month’ – the other categories are fiction, thriller and children’s book – by the leading UK booksellers.

Find out more and buy a copy of the book here 

12th October 2020 – Claudia Hammond discussed her life and work as part of the British Academy’s Leaders in SHAPE series

In this event. as part of the British Academy’s  SHAPE  series, Claudia Hammond  joined Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at Oxford University, to discuss her life, career and latest book The Art of Rest

SHAPE (Social sciences, humanities & the arts for people and the economy) is a new collective name for those subjects that help us understand ourselves, others and the human world around us. 

You can watch a video recording of this online event here 

28th to 30th August 2020 – Claudia Hammond appeared at the Also Festival, Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Claudia spoke about her latest book The Art of Rest and discussed the role of music in helping us to rest at two talks at this year’s Also Festival. The festival, in the Warwickshire countryside, was one of very few live events that took place during the summer of 2020 and it was featured in a special article in the Guardian  

19th August 2020 – The Art of Rest shortlisted for the British Psychological Society’s Popular Science Book Award

The Art of Rest has been chosen by a panel drawn from the Research Board, Practice Board and the Education and Training Board of the prestigious British Psychological Society as one of the shortlisted books for its 2020 Popular Science Book Award.

This is the second time Claudia has been nominated for the award.  She was the winner back in 2013 for her book Time Warped.

See the other books on the shortlist here

The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

6th August 2020 – The Art of Rest included in Hay Festival #ImaginetheWorld reading list

The Art of Rest was included, along with books by Albert Camus, Michelle Obama, Atul Gawande, Naomi Klein and many other luminaries, in a publicly chosen list of books that could act as catalysts for change around the world.

The #imaginetheworld project is coordinated by the Hay Festival

Read more and see the full reading list here

21st May 2020 – Why time seems to be going faster while we are in lockdown – Article for BBC Future

To some, our days in lockdown seem to be slipping past faster than usual. But why?

Read Claudia’s article here

25th February 2020 – The Art of Rest – Talk at Action for Happiness, London

Claudia Hammond spoke to an audience in London on on how to find more rest in a frantic world. The event was filmed at an Action for Happiness event in London on 25 Feb 2020

You can watch the video here

29th January 2020  – Why you need more rest  – a Feel Better Live More Podcast with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Claudia joined Rangan Chatterjee to argue that being busy isn’t a badge of honour – and taking time out is definitely not lazy.  She examines the science behind our struggles to relax and she shares some insights on our attitudes to downtime, the top 10 activities most likely to help us switch off, and what the benefits are for our health, well-being and productivity.

If you need a reminder of why rest is so important – and permission to do it, without feeling guilty – this is it. So put your feet up (or head out for a walk, if you find that more restful), and listen in.

Listen here 

5th December 2019 – The Books that Made Me in BBC Science Focus Magazine

Claudia chose six books which informed and inspired her for BBC Science Focus.
Read the article here

3rd December 2019 –  What we get wrong about time – Article for BBC Future

Most of us tend to think of time as linear, absolute and constantly “running out” – but is that really true? And how can we change our perceptions to feel better about its passing?

Read Claudia’s article here

11th July 2017 – Money and Happiness talk at Action for Happiness event in London

Claudia explores the psychology of money, its implications for our well-being and how can we use our money in ways that make us – and others – happier. This is an edited version of a longer talk filmed at an Action for Happiness event in London on 11 July 2017
Watch here