In a cultural climate that fixates on the human body, wellness has become a billion-dollar industry. Alyx Gorman talks to writers Brigid Delaney (Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness) and Jenny Valentish (Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment) about health and addiction in Australia.
Jenny Valentish (Australian)
Jenny Valentish is the author of Woman of Substances, a journey into the female experience of addiction and treatment. She is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper, and former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J's Jmag. She was born in Slough, a satellite town of London, and moved to Australia in 2006. She quit drinking in 2009, which sparked a desire to explore the drives behind addiction. Currently, she is completing a graduate diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs with Turning Point/Monash University.
Brigid Delaney (Australian)
Brigid Delaney is a senior writer for The Guardian Australia. She has previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), ninemsn and CNN. She is the author of three books: Wellmania, This Restless Life and Wild Things.
Alyx Gorman (Australian)
Alyx Gorman is the editorial director of Time Out Australia, and the fashion editor of the Saturday Paper. She balances a career in lifestyle journalism with a tendency towards cynicism, with varied results. Alyx has worked for Elle Magazine, the Mamamia Women's Network, Fairfax Media and Oyster Magazine. She has written for The Guardian, Meanjin and i-D. Her greatest achievement was winning a beauty writing award for a story about colonics; because it allows her to claim that she literally pulls success from her rectum.