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Alecia Simmonds

Alecia Simmonds in conversation with Dr Yves Rees

In the History Council of Victoria's first in person Book+Author event, Dr Yves Rees will be in-conversation with Dr Alecia Simmonds, award-winning historian and author of Courting: An Intimate History of Love and the Law (La Trobe University Press, 2023). Courting is a history of love turned sour: the story of jilted lovers who claimed legal compensation for "breach of promise to marry". In this compelling account of courtroom drama, Simmonds asks big questions about the ethics of love and the role of law in our private lives. Described by Anne Summers as "enthralling and compelling", Courting follows Simmonds’s debut Wild Man, which won the 2016 Davitt Prize for best nonfiction crime writing.

Date:   Thursday 29 February

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   $20

Sam Roggeveen

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: You, Me and the B52s with Sam Roggeveen

The Australian Labor Party has embraced AUKUS, a security arrangement that handcuffs Australia to the US. Has the government made the right call? Join Bob Carr, James Curran, Amanda Hodge (live stream), Sam Roggeveen and Peter Varghese with Maxine McKew.

Date:   Saturday 2 March

Time:   10:45am

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, West Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

Joëlle  Gergis

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: We Have to Talk About the Weather with Joëlle Gergis

Celebrated historian Peter Frankopan, climate scientist Joëlle Gergis and Susan Close, South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Environment Minister, speak with Marian Wilkinson about the rise and fall of civilisations through the lens of dramatic weather events.

Date:   Saturday 2 March

Time:   2:30pm

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, West Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

Joëlle  Gergis

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: Straight Talk with Joëlle Gergis

Politicians and commentators frequently use jargon to disguise self-interest as national interest, to make the absurd seem inevitable or the inequitable seem fair. Richard Denniss, Joëlle Gergis, Tom Keneally and Yanis Varoufakis join Natasha Mitchell to discuss the power of speaking simply in complicated times.

Date:   Sunday 3 March

Time:   9:30am

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden West Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

John Zubrzycki

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: History's Angel with John Zubrzycki

Anjum Hasan asks what happens if people cling to the once vaunted qualities of irresponsible dreaming, intellectual pride, ethical doubt or love of language. Hasan and John Zubrzycki talk about the loneliness of the thinking person in present times.

Date:   Monday 4 March

Time:   10:45am

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, North Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh in conversation with Associate Professor Rachael Meagher

Sydney Launch of "The Shortest History of Economics"

Join us for the Sydney launch of "The Shortest History of Economics" in the Tyree Room at the John Niland Scientia Building at the University of NSW in Kensington.

From ancient times to the modern world, The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation. This small book tells a big story, tracing how capitalism and the market system emerged, and introducing the key ideas and people who shaped the discipline of economics.

The event will be hosted by UNSW Professor of Economics Richard Holden, and will feature Andrew Leigh in conversation with Associate Professor Rachael Meagher.

Light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the event.

Date:   Monday 4 March

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Tyree Room John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington, NSW 2033

Price:   This is a free event.

John Zubrzycki

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: Black River with John Zubrzycki

Set in a north Indian village, Nilanjana S. Roy’s new novel, Black River, takes the form of a police procedural to ask larger questions about the ‘new India’. Roy explores the novel’s themes with John Zubrzycki.

Date:   Monday 4 March

Time:   1:15pm

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, North Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Marek Kowalkiewicz in conversation with Gemma Alker

Join the Queensland AI Hub and QUT to celebrate the launch of Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz's latest book - "The Economy of Algorithms: AI and the Rise of the Digital Minions".​

A short conversation with Prof Marek Kowalkiewicz - Professor and Chair in Digital Economy at QUT and Gemma Alker - Director of Innovation Central Brisbane, and Q&A will be followed by drinks, canapes, networking and book signing.

Date:   Monday 4 March

Time:   5:00pm

Venue: The Precinct Stair Stadium, lvl 2/315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: The Cancer Finishing School with David Marr

Only Peter Goldsworthy could write a memoir titled The Cancer Finishing School. He explains to David Marr why cancer makes good copy for a writer.

Date:   Tuesday 5 March

Time:   10:45am

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden West Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh in conversation with Associate Professor Laura Panza

Melbourne Launch of "The Shortest History of Economics"

The Economics Student Society and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne are pleased to host the Melbourne launch of The Shortest History of Economics.

The event will be held in the Prest Theatre, which is on the ground floor of the Faculty of Business and Economics Building, located at 111 Barry St, Carlton. Attendance is free.

About the book

From ancient times to the modern world, The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation. This small book tells a big story, tracing how capitalism and the market system emerged, and introducing the key ideas and people who shaped the discipline of economics.

The event will be hosted by University of Melbourne Professor of Economics Jeff Borland, and will feature Andrew Leigh in conversation with Associate Professor Laura Panza.

Date:   Tuesday 5 March

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, 111 Barry Street Carlton, VIC 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: The Idealist with David Marr

In Nicholas Jose’s latest novel, East Timor’s fight for independence provides the context for a story about the intersection of the personal and the political. He explores with David Marr the pleasure and anxieties of writing a literary thriller.

Date:   Tuesday 5 March

Time:   3:45pm

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden West Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

Adelaide Writers' Week 2024: Killing for Country with David Marr

David Marr confronts uncomfortable truths with his customary courage and acuity in a conversation with Rachel Perkins.

This session is part of our Director's Choice series and is available to live stream from home. Find out more on our Director's Choice page.

Date:   Wednesday 6 March

Time:   1:15pm

Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, East Stage

Price:   This is a free event.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh in conversation with Genevieve Bell

Andrew Leigh will be in conversation with Genevieve Bell on his new book The Shortest History of Economics, a small book that tells a big story.

From ancient times to the modern world, The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation. It traces how capitalism and the market system emerged, and introduces the key ideas and people who shaped the discipline of economics.

From the agricultural revolution to the warming of our planet, Andrew Leigh tells the story of economics that ranges across centuries and continents, highlighting the diversity of the discipline. He delves into the radical origins of the game of Monopoly, why the invention of the plough worsened gender inequality, how certain diseases shaped the patterns of colonialism, the reasons skyscrapers emerged first in American cities, and much more.

The result is an illuminating, entertaining book about the economic ideas and forces that shape our world. As Andrew writes, 'The secret of economics is that the most powerful insights come from a handful of big ideas that anyone can follow.'

'If you read just one book about economics, make it Andrew Leigh's clear, insightful, and remarkable (and short) work. Learn why we are richer, live longer, have healthier children, are monumentally more productive and are happier than our ancestors.' – Claudia Goldin, Nobel Laureate, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Andrew Leigh is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities, Treasury and Employment, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Before being elected in 2010, Andrew was a Professor of Economics at The Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. Andrew is the author or co-author of ten books, on topics including innovation, inequality, community, globalisation and existential risk.

Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA was appointed the 13th Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University in January 2024, the University’s first female Vice-Chancellor. Genevieve, also a Vice President and a Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation, is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development and for being an important voice in the global debates around artificial intelligence and human society.

The vote of thanks will be given by ANU Research School of Economics Associate Professor Martine Mariotti

Date:   Wednesday 6 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: 153 Tangney Rd, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia Cinema, Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153)

Price:   This is a free event.

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Marek Kowalkiewicz in conversation with Toby Walsh

Join us for an exclusive evening of captivating conversation and deep insights into the world of Artificial Intelligence. Marek Kowalkievicz, recently listed among the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders in AI will be making his NSW launch of his new book called "Economy of Algorithms" on this day. Prior to the launch, he will engage in a thought-provoking dialogue with UNSW AI Institute’s Chief Scientist Scientia Professor Toby Walsh, shedding light on his latst book, the latest trends, challenges, and the future of AI.

Date:   Wednesday 6 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Innovation Central Sydney (ICS), K17 Lower ground Computer Science & Engineering UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052

Price:   This is a free event.

Andrew Leigh

Book Launch: The Shortest History or Economics

Brisbane Launch of The Shortest History of Economics

Griffith University is pleased to host the Brisbane launch of The Shortest History of Economics in an event hosted by Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans, with guest speaker Treasurer Jim Chalmers.

The event will be held in the Webb Centre, on Level 7 of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University South Bank campus, 226 Grey Street, South Bank. Attendance is free.

Date:   Friday 8 March

Time:   10:15am

Venue: Webb Centre, Level 7, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University South Bank Campus

Price:   This is a free event.

Robert Skinner

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival 2024: I'd Rather Not with Robert Skinner

Date:   Saturday 9 March

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: CTWF Hub at Crystalbrook Flynn, 68/72 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Samantha Faulkner

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival 2024: Samantha Faulkner

Date:   Saturday 9 March

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: CTWF Hub at Crystalbrook Flynn, 68/72 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Alecia Simmonds

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival 2024: Courting with Alecia Simmonds

Date:   Saturday 9 March

Time:   4:00pm

Venue: CTWF Hub at Crystalbrook Flynn, 68/72 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870

David Marr

David Marr in conversation with Polly Toynbee

Is it possible to come from privilege whilst striving for a fierce socialist agenda? Polly Toynbee believes so. The prolific British Guardian journalist, commentator and broadcaster unpacks what it means to be privileged in Britain and Australia, and whether the deepening class divide can ever be transcended.

In an evening of conversation with Australian journalist David Marr, Polly will open up about her latest book, An Uneasy Inheritance, detailing how she still grapples with her charmed family history, and how she endeavours to dismantle the rigid class systems of Britain with her prolific writing.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by Adelaide Writers’ Week.

Date:   Monday 11 March

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Roundhouse UNSW, International Rd, Kensington NSW 2052

Price:   This is a free event.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh in conversation with Dominic Meagher

Curtin's Conversation: Andrew Leigh's The Shortest History of Economics

 

Discussing Andrew Leigh MP's new book 'The Shortest History of Economics' (Black Inc)

Date:   Tuesday 12 March

Time:   7:30pm

Venue: Hosted by John Curtin Research Centre [online only]

Price:   This is a free event.

Lech Blaine

Lech Blaine in conversation with Chloe Hooper

Join us to hear Chloe Hooper in discussion with Lech Blaine, centring on Blaine's essay, On Peter Dutton and the Forgotten People.

The essay is a portrait of Peter Dutton, as well as a modern interrogation of the Australian suburbs and the people who live there.

Date:   Monday 18 March

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton VIC 3053

Price:   $10

Lech Blaine

Lech Blaine in conversation with John Birmingham

John Birmingham is in conversation with Lech Blaine discussing his Quarterly Essay; On Peter Dutton and the Forgotten People.

Where will Dutton lead the Coalition?

A portrait of Peter Dutton, as well as a modern interrogation of the Australian suburbs and the people who live there.

2022 saw the splintering of the Liberal Party's electoral coalition. Influential conservatives have urged Peter Dutton to forget about the seats lost to the Teal independents and instead pursue outer-suburban and regional seats held by Labor. Since then we have seen his manoeuvring on the Voice. The mortgage crunch in the outer suburbs. The rental and housing crisis, especially for millennials and under.

What does Peter Dutton know about the Australian electorate? Has he updated Menzies' Forgotten People pitch for the age of anxiety? Or will he collapse the Liberals' "broad church"?

An essential essay for 2024.

Date:   Wednesday 27 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101

Price:   $15

David Marr

Newcastle Writers Festival 2024: Killing for Country with David Marr

David Marr has spent his illustrious career untangling complex issues – from political censorship to clerical authority and much in between. With Killing for Country, it is personal. David has written a saga of colonial politics and power that combines frontier violence with his confronting family history. Hosted by Lyndall Ryan.

Date:   Saturday 6 April

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Civic Playhouse, 375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   $30

David Marr

Newcastle Writers Festival 2024: The In-Between with David Marr

Can we meet each other halfway? This is one of the central questions in Christos Tsiolkas’ new novel The In-Between, which follows two heartbroken men in their early 50s who meet on a dating app. It’s a quiet, tender love story with faint echoes of the boldness and carnal desire that distinguished his debut, Loaded, almost 30 years ago. Hosted by David Marr.

Date:   Saturday 6 April

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: University of Newcastle, NUspace X101

Price:   $25

Alecia Simmonds

Newcastle Writers Festival 2024: Things We Don't Speak About, Sex with Alecia Simmonds

In this new series of conversations about issues we don’t speak about, we invite authors to share how they interrogate tough topics in their writing lives.

Esme Louise James, Alecia Simmonds and Yumi Stynes discuss sex, taboo and relationships from the past to the present. Hosted by Elfy Scott.

Date:   Saturday 6 April

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Civic Playhouse, 375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   $30

Anne Manne

Anne Manne in conversation with Nick Feik

Join us to hear Anne Manne in conversation about her book Crimes of the Cross.

For many years, Newcastle was the centre of an extensive paedophile network run by members of the Anglican church – and protected by parishioners and community members who looked the other way. In this gripping book, Anne Manne reveals how this network was able to avoid detection for so long, and how its ringleaders were finally exposed and brought to justice. At the centre of the story is a survivor, Steve Smith, who endured years of childhood abuse but refused to be silenced.

Tickets are $10 per person, redeemable off the RRP of Crime of the Cross on the night.

Date:   Tuesday 9 April

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053

Price:   $10

Lech Blaine

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Digging Deep with Lech Blaine

Finding the courage to tell my story

Jan Cochrane-Harry, Robyn Davidson, Lech Blaine and Grace Tame with Sally Warhaft

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Sorrento Bowls Club

Paddy Manning

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Talking Politics 2024 with Paddy Manning

Our annual Political Lunch at The Baths

Paddy Manning, Amy Remeikis and Laura Tingle with Barrie Cassidy

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: The Baths, Sorrento

Joëlle  Gergis

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Climate, Crisis and Cop28 with Joëlle Gergis

Have we lost the war?

Peter Christoff, Joelle Gergis and John Hewson with Natasha Mitchell

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Ellen Grant Hall

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Other People’s Lives (ii) with David Marr

Three writers discuss their approach to biography

Troy Bramston, Kate Fullager and David Marr with Sarah L’Estrange

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Sorrento Bowls Club

Paddy Manning

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Understanding Rupert with Paddy Manning

The influence and legacy of media proprietor Rupert Murdoch

Ranald Macdonald, Paddy Manning, Walter Marsh and Sally Young with Corrie Perkin

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: The Ballroom, The Continental

Dennis Glover

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Cripes, You Can’t Say That! with Dennis Glover

What is free speech and what are we afraid of?
Dennis Glover and Lucinda Holdforth with Hannie Rayson

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: The Barlow Room, The Continental

Paddy Manning

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Other People’s Lives (iii) with Paddy Manning

Three writers discuss their approach to biography

Julia Baird, Catherine Lumby and Paddy Manning with Jamila Rizvi

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

Joëlle  Gergis

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: After Attenborough, Who or What Will Save Our Planet? with Joëlle Gergis

Peter Christoff, Joelle Gergis and Kylie Soanes with Amanda Smith

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Lech Blaine

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Good, The Bad and The Underwhelming with Lech Blaine

What does good political leadership look like

Lech Blaine, Troy Bramston and Niki Savva with Brendan Donohoe

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

Dennis Glover

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Inspired by Real Events with Dennis Glover

How novelists weave fact into their fiction

Melissa Ashley, Dennis Glover and Kate Grenville with Irma Gold

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Creating Real Change Through Truth-telling, Songlines and Shared Knowledge with David Marr

David Marr, Thomas Mayo and Margo Neale with Natasha Mitchell

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Halcyon Hall, The Continental

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Art of the Essay with David Marr

Sarah Krasnostein, David Marr and Laura Tingle with Ramona Koval

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

Erik Jensen

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Morning Feed with Erik Jensen

Join our chat about the news of the day

Erik Jensen and Amy Remeikis with Tom Wright

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   8:15am

Venue: Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Dennis Glover

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Writers on Writing with Dennis Glover

Three authors discuss their work, their writing journey and their creative process

Dennis Glover, Gail Jones and Myfanwy Jones with Laura Macdonald

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   10:30am

Venue: The Barlow Room, The Continental

Lech Blaine

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Australian Politics with Lech Blaine and Erik Jensen

Toward the 2025 election

Lech Blaine, Erik Jensen, Amy Remeikis and Niki Savva with Brendan Donohoe

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   10:30am

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: David Marr in conversation with Barrie Cassidy

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   10:30am

Venue: Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Erik Jensen

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Power of Editorials with Erik Jensen

Do people still listen? Should they listen?

Eric Beecher, Erik Jensen and Laura Tingle with Jon Faine

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Sorrento Bowls Club

Anne Manne

Anne Manne in conversation with David Marr

A searing expose of institutional child abuse, and the remarkable story of the survivors who would not be silenced

For many years, Newcastle was the centre of an extensive paedophile network run by members of the Anglican church – and protected by parishioners and community members who looked the other way.

In this gripping book, Anne Manne reveals how this network was able to avoid detection for so long, and how its ringleaders were finally exposed and brought to justice. At the centre of the story is a survivor, Steve Smith, who endured years of childhood abuse but refused to be silenced.

Drawing on extensive research and interviews with survivors, clergy, police and others, Manne explores how the network operated and how it became entrenched in the upper echelons of Newcastle society. She offers deep insights into the minds and strategies of abusers, and pays tribute to the victims and their tireless struggle for justice. Child sexual abuse has previously been thought of as an individual crime; Manne pioneers an examination of it as part of a network.

This is an unforgettable study of courage and faith in the face of unthinkable evil.

Date:   Monday 29 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe, NSW 2037 Australia

Price:   $12

Samantha Faulkner

Book Launch: Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia

Join us with editor Samantha Faulkner to celebrate the release of Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia! Samantha will be joined by Sydney writers and contributors Tetei Bakic-Tapim, Aaliyah-Jade Bradbury and Rhett Loban.

Ticket proceeds will go to Mura Kosker, an Indigenous not-for-profit organisation that advocates for human rights and improves family and kinship wellbeing in the Torres Strait, through tailored services and programs.

What makes Zenadth Kes/Torres Strait unique? And what is it like to be a Torres Strait Islander in contemporary Australia? Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia, compiled by poet and author Samantha Faulkner, showcases the distinct identity of Torres Strait Islanders through their diverse voices and journeys.

Date:   Saturday 25 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

Price:   $5

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston in conversation with Kerri Sackville

Join us with Ariane Beeston to celebrate the release of Because I'm Not Myself, You See! Ariane will be joined by Kerri Sackville, with opening remarks from Dr Nicole Highet.

 

 

A frank, hopeful and darkly funny memoir of postpartum psychosis and recovery.

'How strange to be the observed and not the observer.'

Ariane Beeston is a child protection worker and newly registered psychologist when she gives birth to her first child – and very quickly begins to experience scary breaks with reality. Out of fear and shame, she keeps her delusions and hallucinations secret, but as the months pass Ariane gets worse. Much worse. Finally admitted to a mother and baby psychiatric unit, the psychologist is forced to learn how to be the patient.

With medication, the support of her husband, psychotherapy and, ultimately, time, Ariane rebuilds herself. And she also begins a new chapter working in perinatal mental health, developing resources to support other new mothers.

Because I'm Not Myself, You See is a candid, often humorous memoir of motherhood and madness, interwoven with research and expert commentary. It's the story of the impossible pressures placed on new mothers and how quickly things can go wrong during 'the happiest time of your life'. It's also about life on the other side of serious illness, trying to make sense of what doesn't make sense, and finding humour, beauty and joy when things don't go according to plan.

Date:   Thursday 30 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

Price:   This is a free event.

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston in conversation with Carly-Jay Metcalfe

Join us for a conversation between Ariane Beeston and Carly-Jay Metcalfe for the book Because I'm Not Myself, You See. 

Ariane Beeston is a child protection worker and newly registered psychologist when she gives birth to her first child – and very quickly begins to experience scary breaks with reality. Out of fear and shame, she keeps her delusions and hallucinations secret, but as the months pass Ariane gets worse. Much worse. Finally admitted to a mother and baby psychiatric unit, the psychologist is forced to learn how to be the patient.

With medication, the support of her husband, psychotherapy and, ultimately, time, Ariane rebuilds herself. And she also begins a new chapter working in perinatal mental health, developing resources to support other new mothers.

Because I'm Not Myself, You See is a candid, often humorous memoir of motherhood and madness, interwoven with research and expert commentary. It's the story of the impossible pressures placed on new mothers and how quickly things can go wrong during 'the happiest time of your life'. It's also about life on the other side of serious illness, trying to make sense of what doesn't make sense, and finding humour, beauty and joy when things don't go according to plan.

Date:   Friday 28 June

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101

Price:   $15