The Big Anxiety Festival – Jamison examining Empathy 4 Oct

Leslie Jamison: Examining Empathy

WHERE The Capitol

WHEN Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022, 05:30pm – 06:30pm

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Award-winning essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison joins us via live-cross to discuss her artistic devotion to exploring feeling, connection and the gap between the two where mental health falls. 

Featuring Leslie Jamison Rebecca Harkins-Cross


Leslie Jamison is the award-winning author of essay collections The Empathy Exams and Make it Scream, Make it Burn as well as the memoir The Recovering, which challenged the glorification of addiction within the creative process. Whatever her subject matter, Jamison is known for emphasising feeling in her writing, searching for the connections that will better facilitate a shared understanding of empathy.

At this event, Jamison joins host Rebecca Harkins-Cross via live-cross to unpack the themes of her work within the broader context of mental health. She’ll explore the uncertainty of connection, the link between physical and mental health, the challenges of living with addiction and the journey towards recovery.

At this not-to-be missed conversation, the preeminent contemporary writer on empathy will discuss her approach to writing about creativity and mental health.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and UNSW as part of The Big Anxiety