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Reading the Mind

Clem Bastow, Jamie Marina Lau and Sam van Zweden investigate what the act of writing can do for our brain and wellbeing with Leah Jing McIntosh.

Event information

WHEN / Thu 7 Apr, 3pm
WHERE / Science Gallery Melbourne
TICKETS / Free, registrations required

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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 short presentation on writing as a cerebral form, followed by a discussion on matters of the mind and what writing does for the brain and wellbeing, on stage with Leah Jing McIntosh.

Before or after the discussion, do visit the accompanying exhibition at Science Gallery Melbourne, MENTAL, which confronts societal bias and stereotypes about mental health.

In partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne

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 and ReFocus: The Films Of Elaine May, and is undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT University.

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

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 Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.

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