Health, medicine & psychology
Hot Desk Extract: Hope
As part of the Wheeler Centre's Hot Desk Fellowship programme, Angelina Mirabito has been working on a novel, Hope, about a young woman with chronic bulimia. In this extract of the novel, the protagonist reflects on her early childhood and the death of her twin sister; a tragedy for which she blames herself…
The Art of Discomfort
Art is often an expression of society’s most uncomfortable questions; a place where audiences’ unresolved dilemmas find some company. How – and why – is art equipped to take on topics that might otherwise be off-limits?
We talk to some people familiar with the question. D.A. Calf is a theatremaker with The Guerrilla Museum, whose immersive live art has looked closely…
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2017: Stories for the Dead
‘Death exists, not as the opposite, but as a part of life,’ Haruki Murakami wrote in Norwegian Wood. What stories do we tell ourselves about death and the dead? How do our ideas around death vary across cultures?
For our seventh annual gala night of storytelling, we’re partnering with Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA to bring together 12 talented…
From left: Sam Cooney, Sam van Zweden, Tammi Jonas and Richard Cornish — Photo: Sophie Quick
Discussions around eating meat tend to gravitate quickly towards polar positions. We often talk in terms of total abstinence – vegetarianism or veganism – or unexamined, carnivorous abandon.
But this conversation, hosted by Sam Cooney, dodges both finger-wagging and caveman-style chest-beating. Our panellists – including food writer Richard Cornish, author of My Year Without Meat, ‘ethicurean’ pig and cattle farmer and food blogger Tammi Jonas, and Sam van Zweden, who is currently writing a creative non-fiction book about food, family and memory – instead explore the rich middle ground of this issue, focusing on degrees of eating meat. They discuss the cultural, environmental and health implications of our dietary choices. Should we eat less meat? Why and how could we do it? What would a more mindful approach to eating meat look like and how might it alter our social lives and our identities?
Join us for a nuanced discussion about an issue that cuts close to the bone.
HEY Girl: Question Time: Raising Girls
You could argue that there’s never been a better time to be a girl in Australia. Girls are outperforming boys at school, they can now aspire to play AFL football and this year a female student was selected for the first time to compete for Australia at the coding Olympics.
But studies are showing rises in the levels of stress…
HEY GIRL: As You Are: A Trans Teen Story
Earlier this year, in an interview for Australian Story, Melbourne teenager Georgie Stone described the confusion of her early childhood. She was a girl, inside the body of a boy. ‘I felt like a mythical creature,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t really real’.
From left: Jacinta Parsons, Georgie Stone, Rebekah Robertson and Campbell Paul
For transgender and gender-diverse youth, the disparity between the way they see themselves and the way they are seen by others can be the cause of intense distress. In addition to that – and the prospect of bullying from their peers – transgender youth in Australia face a specific set of medical and legal hurdles. Australia is the only country in the world where it’s necessary to apply to court to access puberty-blocking hormones.
When Georgie was 11, she became the youngest person in this country to be granted this permission from the courts. Now a thriving 16-year-old, Georgie is fighting to spare other children and teenagers from the distress and cost of the court process.
Georgie is joined by her mother and founder of the Transcend support network, Rebekah Robertson, Campbell Paul, a child psychiatrist specialising in gender dysphoria and host, Jacinta Parsons.
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