Ben Platts-Mills
Writer, London

Ben Platts-Mills works for Headway East London, a charity that supports survivors of brain injury. In 2013, he led on the development of the life-writing project Who Are You Now?, which publishes survivors’ stories ( He is the author of Tell Me the Planets: Stories of Brain Injury and What It Means to Survive (2018). He lives in Hackney, east London.

Written by Ben Platts-Mills

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Illness and disease
On Matthew’s mind

An operation to remove a brain cyst changed Matthew’s identity. Who will he become after the next round of surgery?

Ben Platts-Mills