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Friday, May 22 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Psychological categories are becoming a standard way for us to identify each other, and the trend now extends to our literary characters. The bipolar heroine of Anne Buist’s Medea’s Curse is also a forensic psychiatrist. Michael Christie’s debut novel, If I Fall, If I Die, follows a boy hemmed in by his agoraphobic mother. Matt Haig’s memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, traces his experience of depression and his earlier novel, The Humans, was also partly influenced by this experience. These authors discuss the freedoms and constraints of diagnosing their characters, with presenter of ABC RN’s Life Matters Natasha Mitchell.

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Anne Buist (Australian)

Anne Buist is the chair of women's mental health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Medea's Curse is her first mainstream psychological thriller. Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children.

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Michael Christie (International)

Michael Christie is a former professional skateboarder whose story collection, The Beggar's Garden, was a finalist for several major Canadian prizes and winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award. If I Fall, If I Die is his debut novel. Michael has an MFA from the University of British Colombia and lives with his family on Galiano Island, near Vancouver.

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Matt Haig (International)

Matt Haig is the author of five novels, including the bestselling The Last Family in England which has been optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, The Radleys, voted the winner of Channel 4's TV Book Club series in 2011, and The Humans, a World Book Night 2014 title. His works have been translated into more than 20 languages. Matt has also written award-winning books for children. He lives in York and London.

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Natasha Mitchell (Australian)

Natasha Mitchell hosts the national daily radio program, Life Matters, on ABC RN. She was founding presenter & producer of the popular science, psychology & culture program, All in the Mind, vice president of the World Federation of Science Journalists, and co-editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2013. Her broadcast work has received accolades internationally, including a prestigious MIT Knight Fellowship and the overall Grand Prize and 4 Gold World Medals at the New York Radio Festivals. She has an engineering degree.

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