‘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.

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Bill Hayes

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, Bill Hayes is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and the author of five books: Sleep Demons; Five Quarts; The Anatomist; Insomniac City; and How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic. Hayes is also a photographer, with credits including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The New York Times. His portraits of his partner, the late Oliver Sacks, appear in the volume of Dr. Sacks’ suite of final essays, Gratitude. A collection of his street photography, How New York Breaks Your Heart, was recently published. Hayes has lectured at NYU, UCSF and University of Virginia, and has appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the 92nd Street Y, the Times of India (Mumbai) LitFest and other venues. He serves as a co-editor of Dr. Sacks’ posthumously published work.