Alexandra Heminsley is author of the bestselling memoir RUNNING LIKE A GIRL, which has now been published in thirteen countries.

Alex will be joining us on IWD2017 to discuss her latest book, LEAP IN.

Swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the country: 2.7 million people in the UK swim once a week. And Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did.

It may have been because she could run.  It may have been because she wanted to swim; or perhaps because she only ever did ten minutes of breaststroke at a time.  But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn’t.

Believing that a life lived fully isn’t one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced at the fullest, she decided to conquer her fear of the water.

From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming to Ithaca, Alexandra learned to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you’re in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.

Candid, insightful, and empowering, this book will move you – to tears of laughter and to the water!

WHERE? The Education Pavilion

WHEN? 1.15 – 1.45pm

Photo credit: Chris Floyd