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Can writers prevent disease?

This free Vivid event investigates how writers and scientists can co-create a new understanding of preventable disease.

Produced by the City of Sydney

The City of Sydney Library joins forces with Inspiring Australia to host a Vivid event as part of the Curious Science series. Join author, Charlotte Wood, playwright, Alana Valentine and Charles Perkins Centre’s Academic Director Professor Stephen Simpson to explore a unique residency and partnership that puts science and fiction on the same page to answer: Can writers prevent disease?

Psyche, education and cultural norms all feature in the rising burden of chronic disease. Interact with our panel of experts as they explore their collaboration, hurdles and triumphs as well as the future scope for similar alliances.

Through access to conversation, seminars and research as part of her residency, Charlotte has been able to create characters of uncommon depth. By attending lectures and visiting labs, Alana has expanded the scope of her script about brides and grooms preparing their bodies for their big day.

Charlotte Wood
Inaugural Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, Charlotte’s writing is innovative and confronting. Having authored 5 novels and 2 non-fiction books, this multi-award winning author tackles themes with disarming candour.

Alana Valentine
This acclaimed playwright’s most recent work includes Cold Light, Letters to Lindy and Ladies Day. In 2012 she won the STAGE International Award for best play about science.

Professor Stephen Simpson AC
Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of the Australian Academy of Science, winner of the NSW Scientist of the Year and Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, Steve is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and Executive Director of Obesity Australia.

Charles Perkins Centre – University of Sydney
Committed to easing the burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and their related conditions – the leading causes of death, disability and reduced quality of life in Australia.

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Thursday 22 June 2017 from 6pm to 7.30pm


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