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A New Body Politic

Sat 4 Sep, 4pm
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

Cutting through the noise of self-commodification, debut authors Sam van Zweden and Sarah Walker talk about overcoming fear and loathing to reconnect with our minds and bodies, in conversation with Eloise Grills. Van Zweden’s Eating with My Mouth Open, winner of the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, explores memory, hunger and wellbeing while celebrating food and the bodies it nurtures. Walker’s The First Time I Thought I Was Dying examines the junction of anatomy and society and how we can embrace our innate unruliness, drawing praise as ‘an unafraid and thrilling book’ (Maria Tumarkin).


1 hour

Event artists

Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist, poet and critic living on Dja Dja Wurrung country. She is currently working on her debut collection of illustrated essays, big beautiful female theory, to be published by Affirm Press in 2022.

Sarah Walker is the author of The First Time I Thought I Was Dying. She is a writer, artist and photographer, who makes work about anxiety, control and intimacy. She is a Walkely-nominated critic, was runner-up in the 2019 Calibre Essay Prize and received the 2020 ABR Victorian Rising Star award.

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.

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