Admissions at Sydney Writers' Festival
4-5pm, Sunday 28 May 2023
Carriageworks, Track 8, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015
Cost: $15 Concession / $25 Full
We are full of worlds that can’t be contained by a pill.
Admissions: Voices Within Mental Health is a ground-breaking anthology documenting mental health in Australia via poetry and prose. Join the ABC’s Space 22 participant Mohammad Awad, Wakefield creator Kristen Dunphy, cooking champion and mental health advocate Nat’s What I Reckon, and award-winning author Kirli Saunders, alongside editor David Stavanger, for a polyvocal show of force and difference as they explore writing about mental health from lived experience.
Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers' Festival
Kristen Dunphy has over 30 years' experience writing and story producing drama for Australian television. In 2012, she was awarded the Foxtel Fellowship for Excellence and is the recipient of three AWGIE Awards. Kristen co-created and co-wrote The Principal (aired on SBS TV/Netflix) and created, co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed Wakefield (aired on ABC TV/Showtime USA).
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning multidisciplinary artist and consultant. An experienced speaker and facilitator, advocating for marginalised communities and care for country, Kirli was the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (2020). In 2022, she was awarded an OAM for the contribution to literature.
Nat’s What I Reckon
Comedian, musician and mental health advocate Nat had a fan base already in the hundreds of thousands when he rocketed to global prominence with his isolation cooking content. Nat's openness about his mental health struggles has resonated with champions the world over, amassing a dedicated audience of over 3.5 million thanks to his sweary, no-nonsense approach and underlying message of kindness and inclusivity.
David Stavanger is poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and former psychologist living on unceded Dharawal land. He is the author of the poetry collections The Special (UQP, 2014), and Case Notes (UWAP, 2020), and co-editor of Solid Air: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019) and Admissions: Voices Within Mental Health (Upswell, 2022.)