Love and Vulnerability
At this salon event, we’re taking a leaf out of Otis Redding’s book and trying a little tenderness. Come along for a night that examines, champions and interrogates the power and politics of vulnerability. To open the evening, Andy Jackson will read from his VPLA-shortlisted book of poetry, Human Looking, a ground-breaking and compassionate collection which gives voice to those with othered experiences of the body.
Then, writers Sarah Krasnostein and Rick Morton will discuss structures of care and the fabric of our society. In her March Quarterly Essay, Not Waving, Drowning: Mental Illness and Vulnerability in Australia, Krasnostein examines a society that often punishes vulnerability, but that does have the resources to mend this broken system. Morton’s memoir My Year of Living Vulnerably charts his journey towards embracing the healing and transformative power of love, and his award-winning journalism explores how class, geography, disability and employment impact Australians’ experiences of social inclusion. Together, these remarkable writers will discuss the push and pull that take place across the broad spectrum of social policy, care and human vulnerability.
The evening will close with a powerful performance from Yorta Yorta storyteller, composer and musician Allara, whose work weaves textures of Country and music into healing soundscapes.
You can also enjoy a drink from our bar, which will be open before, during and after the event.
Date: Friday 27 May
Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000