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Love and Vulnerability

Listen Wednesday, 31 Aug 2022

‘It’s ok to be uncomfortable, and it’s a sign of strength if you’re feeling really weird about it – cause that’s a normal, human, good thing.’

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At this special salon event held in partnership with State Library Victoria, we took a leaf out of Otis Redding’s book and tried a little tenderness.

Sarah Krasnostein’s March Quarterly Essay, Not Waving, Drowning: Mental Illness and Vulnerability in Australia examines a society that often punishes vulnerability, but that does have the resources to mend this broken system. Rick Morton’s memoir My Year of Living Vulnerably charts his journey towards embracing the healing and transformative power of love.

Together, these remarkable writers discussed the push and pull that take place across the broad spectrum of social policy, care and human vulnerability, with host Mahmood Fazal.

This podcast was recorded at State Library Victoria on 27 May 2022.

The bookseller for this event was Readings.

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