Grappling with an abiding sorrow? Grinding your teeth when that car cuts you off in the street? Searching for that ever-elusive sense of satisfaction and well-being? If Melbourne’s a city that often experiences four seasons in a day, most of its residents face much the same experience internally.
We’re always in the mood for a good discussion at the Wheeler Centre, but let’s face it – an even temperament is hard to find and even harder to achieve. Over three nights we take a digressive exploration through the tempers and moods of modern life. From the electrical signals and balance of chemicals that fire up our brains, to the social pressures and metaphysical entanglements that drive our behaviour, our panels of experts consider depression and rage, contentment and joy.
Chaired by Hilary Harper, our exploration of anger will feature guests Brendan Cowell, Karen Pickering and Michael Currie.
Dr Michael Currie PhD is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in Melbourne, where he works with adults, adolescents as well children and their families. Michael’s innovative approaches to treating adolescents and children are documented in his recent book Doing Anger Diffe... Read more
Karen Pickering is a feminist writer and organiser. Her previous work includes running the events Cherchez La Femme and Girls On Film Festival, writing the books About Bloody Time and Doing It, and her next book on motherhood shock and the resulting trauma will be published by Pantera Press. She is ... Read more
Hilary Harper has a degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and 30 years’ experience in radio. She’s been at the ABC since 2005. She’s covered everything from news and current affairs to traffic reporting, arts, health, gardeni... Read more
Brendan Cowell is an Australian actor, playwright, director and author of the novel, How it Feels. Brendan was born in Cronulla, NSW, and completed a BA in Theatre/Media at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. Brendan’s plays have been produced by prominent theatre companies in Australia and intern... Read more
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