Festival Program


Memento Mori: Beastly Mourning

Sun 26 Aug, 10am
Animal Church at 524 Flinders

What can the animal kingdom teach us about human existence – and, more importantly, our own mortality? Doctor and author Leah Kaminsky (The Waiting Room, We’re All Going To Die) reflects on how we might turn to fauna for answers, in conversation with Hedley Derenzie, Dr Sam Long and Shaun Tan.

This session contains content related to animal death.

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


1 hour

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Session Artists

Hedley Derenzie is a Sydney-born writer whose work has appeared in Nature & Health, The Huffington Post and Thought Catalog, among other publications. She is the author of four books, including Finding Paris, the first installment in her travel/romance memoir series detailing her personal quest to find love; and Write Way Home, a personal guide to unlocking creativity. She is based in Bali.

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.

Shaun Tan works as an artist, writer and film-maker, best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. Tan has also worked as a concept artist for Pixar, and won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing.

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