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‘I remember the first emails that I would send I was really caught up in, oh gosh, this is Trigger Warning for everything, and that’s important. But by the end of the collaborations I felt like I could write whatever I wanted and I wouldn’t shock or completely gross out the other person. It was all going to be okay, like, things could get weird and that’s fine. And they did get weird.’ – Sarah Stivens

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Curated by award-winning poet Andy Jackson, this showcase event features an assembly of writers with disability sharing 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 conversation was recorded on Monday 3 October 2022 and presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and UNSW as part of The Big Anxiety festival, the largest mental health and arts festival in the world.

Featured music is ‘Different Days’ by Chill Cole.

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