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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.

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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




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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


Alex Creece

Alex Creece is a writer, collage artist, and average kook living on Wadawurrung land. Alex works as the Online Editor for Archer Magazine and the Production Editor for Cordite Poetry Review. She’s also on the editorial committee for Sunder Journal. Alex has been awarded fellowships... 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 and creative writing teacher and mentor, was awarded the inaugural Writing the Future of Health Fellowship, and is a Writers Victoria Patron. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and across Australia, including Melbourne Writers Fest... Read more


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