How Do You Cope? Fifth Week Blues and Beyond: John Robins in Conversation with Robin Allender

Be Well, Do Well: Student and Staff Event

John Robins is a stand-up comedian who won The Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2017. He also he has a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live and a BBC mental health podcast called ‘How Do You Cope?’ where he has interviewed guests such as George Ezra and Michael Rosen about how they’ve overcome periods of struggle. Recently he has also captained the University Challenge alumnae quiz team for St Anne’s. His greatest achievement however was captaining St Anne’s Darts team and acting as the bar rep on the JCR committee!

Robin Allender is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Bristol who has collaborated with numerous artists and bands and has released music under his own name as well as that of The Allender Band and Three-Cornered Moon. He has also been performing stand-up comedy regularly since 2016.

Both St Anne’s alumnae, they have been friends since secondary school, were undergraduates together and now co-present a podcast, The Moon Under Water, a celebration of pubs. Together they will talk about mental health, burnout and — yes — the so-called Fifth Week Blues, a phenomenon that can exist in a different shade for every individual.

Afterwards, the floor will be open for a Q&A.

5.15pm: Introduction by the Principal
5.20pm: Robin Allender interviews John Robins; to be followed by a Q&A
6.30pm: Dinner in Hall (free to talk attendees if registering before 11am on 11 February)

Please note that the cut-off for signing up for free dinner has now passed, but all are still welcome to come to the event and then go on to the Dining Hall afterwards to eat as normal if you’d like to.