20 September, 2021








Local and Global Pioneers of Medicine – Edward Long Fox and Elizabeth Blackwell, with John Crockford-Hawley and Chapter One creative writing group

Edward Long Fox was a psychiatrist who purchased Weston’s Knightstone Island in 1830 to create a therapeutic spa. He was a visionary committed to ‘moral treatment’ of patients at a time when many with mental illness were abandoned or hidden away.

Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol in 1821 and moved to America as an 11 year old. She defeated convention to become the first female doctor of modern medicine.

John Crockford-Hawley is a local historian whose knowledge of all things Weston is legendary, and whose whistle stop tour of the life and times of Edward Long Fox is sure to intrigue.

Chapter One is an open-access creative writing group who meet fortnightly under the expert guidance of The Write Box (Bob Walton, poet and creative writing tutor at Cardiff University, and Sue Hill, who holds an MA in Creative Writing). Members of Chapter One have been researching the history of Edward Long Fox, Elizabeth Blackwell, and other pioneers in health and medicine, and have created films and narratives in response to these historical figures whose legacy resonates today.

Settle back for an informal evening of history, creative sharing and wonderment.