‘When Oliver Sacks died … the world lost a beloved author and neurologist. I lost my partner,’ Bill Hayes says. When they first became correspondents in 2007, Bill was grieving the death of a partner, and Sacks had lived in self-imposed celibacy for more than three decades. They fell in love. In this very special event, Bill reflects on the life and work of Dr Sacks, including his now classic suite of final New York Times essays on facing illness and death.

Supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM.

Bill Hayes (International)

Hayes, Bill.jpg

Bill Hayes is a writer, photographer and contributor to the New York Times. He is the author of Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me, an intimate glimpse into his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks. He is currently at work on a new book, Sweat: A History of Exercise, as well as a collection of his New York street photography. His other books include Sleep Demons; Five Quarts; and The Anatomist. Hayes is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. According to the New York Times, Hayes ‘has an unusual set of skills ... He is part science writer, part memoirist, part culture explainer.’