If you are in (or near) Edinburgh this Saturday, perhaps you’d like to come and hear me speak at Herriot-Watt’s TEDX event? The focus is “breaking barriers” and I’m going to be talking about brain injury, craft, and creativity alongside some other really interesting speakers. The event is at the Caledonian Hotel on the corner of Princes St / Lothian Road, and costs just £15. Tickets are available here . Perhaps I’ll see some of you there? If you can’t make it, the talk is being filmed, so I should be able to share it with you later.

Because you’ll want to know: the beautiful embroidered brain is the work of Chara Dimopoulou, and I feel immensely honoured to be able to feature it on the cover of my forthcoming memoir, Handywoman, which will be published this May. You can see more of Chara’s work in her Etsy store.

45 thoughts on “A TEDX talk

  1. I began knitting as therapy for a traumatic brain
    injury after being hit by a car. Somehow I have found
    my way here. I’m still a very beginning knitter but I
    love the feel of the fiber and needles in my hands.
    Like others I look forward to watching your TED talk
    As soon as it’s available! Thank you for sharing your
    gifts!

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  2. I was searching through TED talks hoping to find your talk but wasn’t able to locate anything. Do you know if it is available to watch via the TED channel on youTUBE yet?

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  3. My best friend, Eileen, had a stroke in October and is undergoing heart surgery tomorrow to mend a hole in her heart. She was an avid knitter and spinner before the stroke. Please think of her and offer up healing thoughts and prayers for her. Thanks! I am looking for your TedX talk to share with her.

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  4. I would love to hear your TedX talk – I so wish I could be there!! I had a major brain hemorrage in 2016 and learned how to knit after as my personal rehab. I am now an obsessive knitter which has been amazing for my recovery. Good luck!!!

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  5. I am too far away (across the ocean) to attend, but would like to wish you all the best; I look forward to hearing/seeing your talk. Also, I am awaiting with great anticipation your forthcoming book.

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  6. Just catching up – hope it went well Kate. Bravo for showing what can be achieved with grit and determination after brain injury. You are an inspiration to many. xxx

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  7. Congrats. I ❤️ TED almost as much as knitting. Will you please share the filmed version for all of that can’t be there? And know we all are supporting you and wish you all the very best!

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  8. How wonderful it would be to hear your talk. My husband had a stroke 5 years ago. Motor skills were fine but communication was affected. After many hours of therapy, he is doing fabulously. He still gets words and thought confused. The brain is one amazing organ.

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  9. Just got my ticket. So excited! Thank you so much for letting us know about this. I can’t make it to your book event at EYF so am delighted to have this opportunity instead. Hope it goes really well for you.

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  10. Oh how I wish I could be there for it, but Port Townsend, WA, US is just a bit far. However, I will await the link to it for later with pleasure. Cheers! xoxo Liz

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  11. Oh how I wish I could see you speak. Especially on the subject of brain injury. I, too, had a stroke at age 56 and had a lot of recovery time to do. Still don’t have very good balance (cerebellum). Knitting got me through. You are my hero.

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  12. I love Ted Talks and listen every week. Looking forward to your talk!!! You are an amazing woman who is helping me see life more creatively.

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  13. I’m sure you will be a great success. I’m so far away or I’d be there. Enjoy the event. Warmest wishes for a wonderful time.

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  14. We nearly visited Edinburgh this week but we were put off a bit by the weather forecasts… and decided to stay home for a while longer. So sorry to miss your talk but am glad it is being recorded. I await with impatience! Have a great day, and good luck, and as ever, yours admiringly.

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  15. If I lived closer, I would certainly make a trip out of it! I do watch TED talks on tv at home, so if you find that yours is available to a wider audience, will you let us know? I’d sure love to hear you:-)

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    1. Agree! Please let us know whether those of us who can’t be in Edinburgh will be able to see the talks later, through a link on the blog or by other means.

      The design for your book cover is just perfect.

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  16. I live in the midlands so not able to get there
    Kate, I am so inspired by your creativity,
    determination and sheer tenacity, thank you for sha
    for sharing as you do. Good luck Kate:-)

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