Festival Program

Suburban Program

Reading the Mind

Thu 9 Sep, 4pm
Science Gallery Melbourne

What is your ’normal’? When is your brain betraying you? Just how much control do you have over your mind? Hear from Clem Bastow, Jamie Marina Lau and Sam van Zweden as they kick off this event with a five-minute presentation on writing as a cerebral form, after which they’ll discuss matters of the mind and what writing does for the brain and wellbeing, on stage with Leah Jing McIntosh. Be sure to visit the accompanying exhibition at Science Gallery Melbourne, MENTAL, which confronts societal bias and stereotypes about mental health, before the discussion.

In partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne


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.

Jamie Marina Lau is a multidisciplinary artist and the author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island and Gunk Baby.

Leah Jing McIntosh is a critic and researcher. She also edits Liminal magazine.

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 Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.

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