Changing the StorySun 12 Sep, 10am
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter
Two of Australia’s freshest new literary voices and neurodivergent writers Heidi Everett and Madeleine Ryan chat to Clem Bastow about their debuts that touch on themes of belonging, finding home and connection in singular ways. Everett’s My Friend Fox is a lyrical memoir about living with schizophrenia and the wonder, humour and realities that exist beyond what’s printed in a person’s mental health file. Ryan’s novel A Room Called Earth is a prismatic depiction of life on the autism spectrum that illuminates a young woman’s magical, sensitive and passionate inner world.
Clem Bastow is a cultural critic whose work appears in The Saturday Paper and the Guardian. She has contributed essays to Investigating Stranger Things (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and ReFocus: The Films Of Elaine May (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), and is undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT.
Heidi Everett is a proud neurodivergent artist, writer, mental health creative recovery advocate, social impact facilitator, producer and innovator in Melbourne. My Friend Fox is her first book, harnessing the living experience of hard-earned survivalism and freely found humanity which underpins all of Heidi's work.
Madeleine Ryan is a writer, director and author. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, SBS, Vogue, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, VICE, Bustle and Lenny Letter, and she is working on a screen adaptation of her novel.