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What’s Normal Anyway?
Friday, May 23 2014 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ticketed: $25/$20
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Andrew Solomon, Robert Hoge, A.M. Homes, Jo Case, Natasha Mitchell (facilitator)
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It can be a terrifying moment to realise you are just like your parents. Equally, looking at your parents and finding no resemblance at all can be just as horrifying and potentially quite isolating. Exploring a range of different life experiences – adoption, deafness, dwarfism, disability, Down Syndrome, autism, child prodigies, and transgender and homosexual identity – it’s safe to say growing up isn't always easy. Andrew Solomon, A.M. Homes, Robert Hoge and Jo Case discuss parents, children and the search for identity with ABC RN’s Natasha Mitchell.

Supported by the City of Sydney.

Robert Hoge (Australian)

Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, and is interested in disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000.

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Natasha Mitchell (Australian)

Natasha Mitchell hosts the national, daily morning radio show, Life Matters, on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National.
She was the founding presenter & producer of the popular science, culture & psychology radio program, All in the Mind, from 2002-12. Natasha is currently vice president of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Her broadcast work has received accolades internationally, including the overall Grand Prize and 4 Gold World Medals at the New York Radio Festivals, amongst other awards. She was recipient of a prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT/Harvard. She is co-editor of the forthcoming edition of the anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing 2013.

Jo Case
Jo Case (Australian)

Jo Case’s first book is Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood, and Asperger’s. Jo is senior writer/editor at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. She has been books editor of The Big Issue (Australia), deputy editor of Australian Book Review and associate editor of Kill Your Darlings. Her reviews, essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly. She has also been published in Sleepers Almanac and Best Australian Stories.

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Andrew Solomon (International)

Andrew Solomon's latest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, has won 13 national awards. It tells the stories of families affected by disability and difference who yet find profound meaning, inspiration, and identity through their differences. Andrew argues that diversity is what unites us. His previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award for Non-fiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and won 14 other awards.

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A.M. Homes (International)

A.M. Homes won the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly, the Orange Prize for Fiction) for her latest novel May We Be Forgiven. Her previous works include the novels This Book Will Save Your Life and Music for Torching, the short story collection Things You Should Know, the highly acclaimed memoir The Mistress's Daughter, and travel memoir Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

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