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A Walk in the Park: Jessica Friedmann with Fiona Wright
In the first of our Walk in the Park mini-series, writers and friends Jessica Friedmann and Fiona Wright come together for an intimate, ambling conversation about bodies, expectations and the pleasures and complexities of moving.
Friedmann’s recent book, Things That Helped, chronicles her postnatal depression through a series of essays which reference theory, pop culture and her personal experiences. She describes the many significant changes she faced at once, and how on the advice of a hospital psychologist, walking and narrating her steps formed part of her recovery – helping to focus her consciousness on ‘the immediacy of voice and breath’.
Acute bodily awareness is a familiar subject for Wright, who in Small Acts of Disappearance describes vividly her encounters with anorexia. Join them for a sunlit lap of Princes Park.
Jessica Friedmann is a writer and editor living in Canberra, Australia, with her husband and small son. A graduate of the University of Melbourne with an honours thesis in creative writing, for which she won an R. G. Wilson Scholarship, her work has appeared in the Rumpus, the Lifted Brow, Smith Journal, Dumbo Feather, ArtsHub, the Age and other publications. Her first book of essays, Things That Helped (Scribe), was published in 2017.
Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and her new collection, The World Was Whole was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. Her poetry collections are Knuckled (2011) and Domestic Interior (2017).