Will Young | Be Yourself and Happier – Online

Fri 27 May - Mon 6 Jun 2022

Will Young
Will Young
Be Yourself and Happier, Will Young
Alex Clark

This event was recorded at our Spring Festival in April

The A-Z of Wellbeing. From Pop Idol to mental health.

Will Young has used his voice for good throughout his life. Twenty years ago, he became the first winner of Pop Idol, reaching millions with his beautiful voice. Today, Will is a leading voice in mental-health awareness, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community.

Having touched hearts with his first book, To Be a Gay Man, Will joins us to speak about his new book, Be Yourself and Happier. Come along to hear Will discuss everyday wellbeing and becoming our best selves with his customary wit and wisdom, while revealing his own vulnerabilities along the way.

In conversation with broadcaster and journalist, Alex Clark.

Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr

Tickets available soon.

Be Yourself and Happier, Will Young

Be yourself and happier by Will Young

Buy the book online from LRB Bookshop

Author biography 

Will Young is a leading voice in mental-health awareness, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community.  He shot to fame in 2002 after winning the first series of Pop Idol.  He has released seven albums, four of which hit Number One in the UK charts, and he has 10 million record sales and two Brit Awards to his name.  His highly acclaimed book To be a Gay Man explored mental-health awareness, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community with a focus on gay shame. Will also founded the podcast ‘The Wellbeing Lab’, where he interviews experts on different mental health topics each week. He lives in London with his two dogs, Esme and Domino. 


Alex Clark is a journalist and broadcaster regularly seen in the pages of the Guardian,  Observer and Times Literary Supplement and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Open Book. She co-hosts the Graham Norton Book Club podcast and is a former Man Booker and Orwell Prize judge.

Alex was also appointed as the first female Editor of Granta magazine in May 2008. She was a member of the panel of judges for Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, the 2008 Man Booker Prize, the Encore Award for best second novel and is on the advisory committee of the Folio Prize.