Festival Program


Living Dyingly: On Writing Death

Sat 25 Aug, 5.30pm
Mission to Seafarers Chapel

Is writing about death as challenging as discussing it? Explore the emotional complexities of putting mortality on the page, with Buddhist monk Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann), doctor and author Leah Kaminsky and journalist Deepanjana Pal. With Sophie Cunningham.

Update to previously advertised information: Hanif Abdurraqib is no longer appearing in this event and will be replaced by Gyatso.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Sophie Cunningham has been on the publishing scene in Australia for more than thirty years. She has had four books published and is currently finishing a collection of essays, #treeoftheday, due out in 2019, and her third novel, This Devastating Fever. She is an adjunct professor with RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab.

Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann) graduated in medicine, Melbourne University 1968 and became a Buddhist monk in 1975. He has established monasteries in France and Australia and has travelled the world studying and teaching Buddhist meditation and philosophy. He has written three books: The Perfect Mirror, A Leaf in the Wind, and The World and Ourselves - Buddhist Psychology.

Leah Kaminsky is a physician and author. Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the Voss Literary Prize. Her second novel The Hollow Bones is forthcoming in 2019. She has written seven other books, including We're All Going to Die.

Deepanjana Pal is an author and journalist. Her most recent book is Hush A Bye Baby, a feminist thriller set in Mumbai, India. As a critic, she has written extensively on culture and gender for the past decade. She works with The Hindustan Times and is also part of the selection committee of Mumbai Film Festival.

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