When Sam van Zweden, author of essay collection Eating With My Mouth Open, tweeted about the transformative mental health lessons she garnered from her dog, the twitter thread went viral. In this illuminating talk, Sam delves into what else dogs can teach us about ourselves, the importance of self-compassion and how we can balance our pets’ selfhood with our own.

Sam van Zweden (Australian)

Sam van Zweden

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by The Saturday Paper, ABC Life, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, The Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award and was published by NewSouth Pubilshing in February 2021.