In Unlike the Heart: a memoir of brain and mind Nicola Redhouse comes to understand a period of terrible postnatal anxiety in terms of both body and mind: genetics, biology, but also the inheritance of her relationships. In Imperfect, Lee Kofman uses her own story of bodily scars to investigate and understand the ways that our bodies shape who we become. Come along to an in-conversation with Kofman and Redhouse, where together they discuss what they have come to know and understand about how mental experience, our sense of ourselves, bodily appearance and the way our bodies feel all contribute to the people we become and the lives we live.
‘When We Talk About Motherhood’
Four women share raw revelations about their experiences white-knuckling through the emotional landscape of parenting. Hosted by journalist and activist Clementine Ford, this diamond MWF19 event investigates motherhood through a lens of disaster and survival. With Joanne Ramos, Nicola Redhouse and Alice Robinson.
We know becoming a parent is truly life changing, and that it is not always a pleasant road. It requires sacrifice and patience and a whole heap of love.
Join authors Alice Robinson, Clementine Ford and Nicola Redhouse as they discuss the highs and lows of motherhood with Readings’ events and programming manager Christine Gordon. These three authors have written, between them, a novel (Robinson’s The Glad Shout), an expose (Ford’s Boys Will Be Boys), and a memoir (Redhouse’s Unlike the Heart) about parenthood.
This event is free, but please book here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=493577&
Eltham Bookshop and Jock & Eddie Cafe present: 'For Thinking Women and Men - a panel presentation with Nicola Redhouse, Julienne van Loon, Lee Kofman and Sonia Orchard'
Join authors Nicola Redhouse (Unlike the Heart: a memoir of brain and mind), Julienne van Loon (The Thinking Woman), Lee Kofman (Imperfect) and Sonia Orchard (Into the Fire) for a four-part panel presentation on the theme of Woman at the wonderful Jock & Eddie Cafe in Eltham.
Entry: $ 45.00, includes a copy of one of the featured books or a $30.00 gift voucher, a glass of wine, finger food and a scintillating conversation
Prepaid bookings are essential. Please call ELTHAMbookshop on 9439 8700 or visit them at 970 Main Road, Eltham, 3095.
About The Next Big Thing:
‘Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.
Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.’
About the Secrets and Lies Edition:
What happens when we betray confidences? And what secrets do we keep from ourselves?
At The Moat in April, we’ll hear from writers whose work is concerned with hidden mysteries. J.P. Pomare’s new thriller, Call Me Evie, is about the fallibility of memory. Sonia Orchard’s Into The Fire is a novel about female friendship and betrayal and Nicola Redhouse’s memoir, Unlike the Heart, is an examination of post-natal depression and psychoanalysis. Caitlin McGregor's 'in defence of watching paint dry' comes from issue #113 of Voiceworks, 'Flare'.
‘LOVE AND HATE’
Slow Canoe Love and Hate, on February 1st at Schoolhouse Studios.
$15 entry with chapbook!
As per The Slow Canoe flyer:
‘For the chapbook, we've asked twenty eight writers to write these really wonderful little 'Dear Canoe' advice seeking letters. See the poster for who they are -- a whole lot of wonderful writers. They're funny, they're smart, they're seeking.
Then we have Nicola Redhouse and Eleanor Elliot Thomas collaborating on a story via correspondence. I really can't wait to see this.
SJ Finn, a superb writer we've wanted to have at the Canoe for years now, is writing an essay on how our understanding of love and of hate have changed over the years.
Music-wise, we've lined up the kind of wild and brilliant sax player, Scott McConnachie.
And finally, we have this tough and beautiful film by Lara Gissing. ‘
BEYOND STEREOTYPES: WRITING MENTAL ILLNESS
How do you go about writing a lived experience of mental illness? Is it all right for people without that experience to write about such subjects and, if so, how? Writers with a diverse range of experiences wrangle these complex questions. With James Best, Annaliese Constable, Peter Polites, and Nicola Redhouse (chair)