Kate Richards: Madness

Kate Richards: Madness

Kate Richards’ bleakly beautiful, confronting and important book, Madness: A Memoir, describes her 15 years coping with psychosis and depression, and her long, hard-won journey back to sanity, with the help of a wise and compassionate psychologist.

In this video, she speaks with Ranjana Srivastava, an oncologist and fellow author, about her experience –and about being able to write from deep within it, with expertise as both a medical researcher and writer.


Portrait of Kate Richards

Kate Richards

Kate Richards is a writer of fiction, narrative nonfiction and poetry. She has a medical degree with honours and works part-time in medical research in Melbourne. Kate is the author of the critically acclaimed Madness: a memoir and the Penguin Special Is there no place for me?

Portrait of Ranjana Srivastava

Ranjana Srivastava

Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, Fulbright Scholar in ethics and award-winning author. Her book Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown Between Doctors and Patients won the Australian Human Rights Literature Award. Her latest book is After Cancer: A Guide to Living Well.

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