fbpx
Festival Program

City Program

Changing the Story

Sun 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.

Duration

1 hour

Event artists

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.

More events like this one

City Program

Changing the Story

Sun 12 Sep, 10am
CancelledFree Wishlist

Two of Australia’s freshest new literary voices and neurodivergent writers, Heidi Everett (My Friend Fox) and Madeleine Ryan (A Room Called Earth), talk about debuts that touch on their experiences, with Clem Bastow.

City Program

Allee Richards: Small Joys of Real Life

Wed 8 Sep, 7pm
Free Wishlist

Launching the Melbourne City Reads initiative promoted by CBD bookshops, local author Allee Richards joins ABC Radio Melbourne's Jacinta Parsons to discuss her just-released debut novel.

Cancelled Wishlist

Join ground-breaking No Document author and cultural critic Anwen Crawford for a workshop on how to craft experimental, hybrid and creative non-fiction.

City Program

Let’s Talk About Sex

Sat 11 Sep, 2pm
Cancelled Wishlist

Is it time we overhaul how and when we teach young people about sex and consent? Dr Melissa Kang, Yumi Stynes, Bri Lee and Christopher Fisher chat with Benjamin Law.