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Writing the Future of Health

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A showcase of writers with disability share works that reimagine and write towards a better and more inclusive future of health.

About

Curated by award-winning poet Andy Jackson, this showcase event features an assembly of writers with disability.

They’ll share their visions for what the future of health can and should be, through performance, poetry, essay and memoir.

Featuring writers including Alex Creece, Gemma Mahadeo, Anna Jacobson, Beau Windon and Sarah Stivens, immerse yourself in creative explorations of ableism, love, shame, solidarity, ingenuity and more, while imagining a better and more inclusive future of health.

This event will also be live-streamed, viewable on this page from 6.30pm on Monday 3 October.

Illustration by Megan Herbert.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and UNSW as part of The Big Anxiety

 

 

Tickets

You have the option to pay what you can for this for this event. As a guide, the suggested price is $15, although any amount will help cover our costs and keep these events accessible. Bookings are essential.

This event will also be live-streamed, viewable on this page from 6.30pm on Monday 3 October. Bookings are not required for the live-stream.
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Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Accessible toilets available

You can learn more about the Wheeler Centre’s accessibility policies here. Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online so we can assist you with your visit. If you require further information, please contact reception on 03 9094 7800 or ticketing@wheelercentre.com.

The Big Anxiety

The Big Anxiety festival is the largest mental health and arts festival in the world, and promotes mental health and wellbeing through exciting arts projects that combine science and creativity. The 2022 festival will be held in October in Melbourne. 

 

The Big Anxiety

Featuring

Alex Creece

Alex Creece is a writer, poet, student, collage artist, and average kook living on Wadawurrung land. She also tinkers with other people’s poems as the Production Editor for Cordite Poetry Review. Alex was awarded a Write-ability Fellowship in 2019 and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2020. ... Read more

Anna Jacobson

Anna Jacobson is a writer and artist from Brisbane. Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019) is her first full-length poetry collection, which won the 2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. In 2020 Anna won the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing (Open Creative Nonfiction), was awarded a Queensland Writers Fel... Read more

Gemma Mahadeo

Gemma Mahadeo came to Australia from the UK in 1987. Their work has appeared both in print and online in local, national, and international publications. They write poetry, creative non-fiction, and the occasional beer or food review. They are also a founding member of the Disabled QBIPOC Collective... Read more

Sarah Stivens

Sarah Stivens is an emerging poet from Boon Wurrung Country/Melbourne. Her words have appeared in Cordite, Baby Teeth Journal, Catalyst, Bowen Street Press and other online spaces. She is the ASA/Ray Koppe Varuna fellow for 2022, and a Writers Victoria Writeability fellow. Her work has been shortlis... Read more

Beau Windon

Beau Windon is a neurodivergent writer of Wiradjuri descent based in Naarm. His greatest loves are YA and speculative fiction, meaning he spends most of his time writing quirky stories about quirky people in quirky situations. Currently he is focused on developing his hybrid memoir (quirky stories a... Read more

Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson is a poet, essayist and creative writing teacher, and was awarded the inaugural Writing the Future of Health Fellowship with RMIT’s Health Tranformation Lab. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and across Australia, including Melbourne ... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre and wheelercentre.com

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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