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Feel Good Friday – Stretch at your Desk

30 September @ 11:00 - 11:45 BST

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Writers spend hours sitting hunched over our computers like baby vultures. We risk bad backs, aching shoulders and deep vein thrombosis. Without proper circulation, how can our creative juices flow? How can we keep supple in mind and body whilst meeting deadlines(or scrolling on our phones)?

Fitness professional and author Tina Baker specialises in fun, functional exercises you can do at your desk. With 17 years’ experience teaching older bodies, bodies with issues and fellow desk-bound creatives, exercise has transformed her body and mental health.

And you don’t have to commit to hours at the gym to get fitter – you can Stretch at Your Desk!

this #SoAatHome event is in conjunction with our Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses Network


  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Lilly Brend-Fish, Events & Outreach Assistant, SoA (2 mins)
  • Stretch at Your Desk by Tina Baker (30 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (10 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)


Who is this workshop for?

Anyone & everyone. Tina’s oldest client is 97. Several are in wheelchairs.She also teaches bouncy twenty-year-olds . Her Zoom sessions have included dogs, cats, babies and, memorably, Mick The Stick – a sprightly stick insect (to be honest, he didn’t do much).

It will include Top Tips to keep moving and stimulate your body and mind.


What will this workshop cover?

This practical session will demonstrate simple physio approved stretches anyone can do, to make you feel better in as little as ten minutes.


The line-up

Tina Baker – Author & Fitness Instructor

Tina was brought up in a caravan after her mother, a fairground traveller, fell pregnant by a window cleaner. After leaving the bright lights of Coalville, she came to London and worked as a journalist and broadcaster for thirty years. She’s probably best known as a television critic for the BBC and GMTV, but after so many hours watching soaps gave her a widescreen bum, she got off it, lost weight and won Celebrity Fit Club. When not writing, she now works as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. She also rescues cats, whether they want to be rescued or not.

Website: www.tinabaker.co.uk | Twitter: @TinaBakerBooks | Instagram: @tinabakerbooks


Send us your questions

If you would like to send questions in advance, email lbrendfish@societyofauthors.org with ‘Stretch at your Desk’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.



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Need to know

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk/spam email folder
  • Please add events@societyofauthors.org to your Safe Senders list so you receive our confirmation, and reminder emails

During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Meetings; you will have the option to be on camera or not, you can ask questions in the chat or directly
  • This event will be recorded.
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 45 minutes

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel


Book your place by using the registration below.

All SoA @ Home Feel Good Friday sessions are free to SoA Members but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE

If you are unable to book using the registration box below, please email events@societyofauthors.org with the name and date of the event you’d like to register for and we’ll confirm your place.

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30 September
11:00 - 11:45 BST
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