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Ruby Wax OBE

City Lit Fellow

Ruby Wax OBE is known for her extensive comedy and television interview career. She has studied psychotherapy and gained her Master’s Degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University. These days she promotes understanding of the brain and campaigns for greater mental health awareness and destigmatization. As an adult learner, Ruby is a wonderful role model demonstrating the positive impact adult education can have in not only enhancing mental wellbeing but also supporting a change in direction later in life.

In conversation with City Lit Fellow Ruby Wax OBE - June 2018

We were delighted to welcome Ruby to City Lit in 2018 to receive her City Lit Lifetime Fellowship Award. Read more about her Fellowship event.  

Ruby talks to City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson CBE about her latest book ‘How to Be Human: The Manual’ – a fascinating journey where she sets out to answer life’s big questions about what makes us human and how our minds work. The talk concludes with a presentation of her Fellowship Award to celebrate her newest achievement of becoming a City Lit Lifetime Fellow.

Ruby Wax officially opens the City Lit Wellbeing Centre - December 2021

The event also included an ‘in conversation’ between City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson CBE and Ruby Wax. They discussed her latest book ‘A Mindfulness Guide for Survival’. A guide filled with exercises and information for when you’re suddenly forced to confront the hard truths. The conversation was followed by a book signing in our Gallery & Exhibition Space in Keeley Street. Ruby also met with students as she visited a number of classes in the Wellbeing Centre.

On opening the Centre, Ruby said: “It is a great honour to be a City Lit Lifetime Fellow and to officially open the new Wellbeing Centre. If I had to start over again I would study art, history and Greek mythology at City Lit, and I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the many courses on offer.”

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On Wednesday 1st December, Ruby officially opened the brand new City Lit Wellbeing Centre. She joined students, staff and special guests to cut the celebratory ribbon and formally declared the centre open, as part of the Grand Opening event

We hosted a special online edition of City Lit Perspectives event with Ruby Wax and City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson.

A discussion on mental health and coping strategies during Covid-19. City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson and Ruby discussed some of the challenges and changes we face due to Covid-19 during an online webinar hosted on Wednesday 24 June 2020. 

City Lit Perspectives event with Ruby Wax - June 2020