with Benjamin Gilmour and Rachael Mead / Chaired by Victoria Purman
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What inner strength is required when your working day is filled with injury, death and despair? Rachael Mead and Benjamin Gilmour can tell us. In The Application of Pressure, novelist Rachael Mead introduces us to paramedics Tash and Joel as they traverse the streets of Adelaide in their ambulance, saving lives and lost souls. Benjamin Gilmour documents his own experience as a paramedic on the frontline, first at infamous Sydney suicide spot The Gap: A Paramedic’s Summer on the Edge, and then further afield in Paramedico: Around the World by Ambulance.
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Benjamin Gilmour is an author and film director and a paramedic for 20 years. His last film, Jirga, was Australia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 2019, and won the Best Independent Film at the AACTA Awards. His other films include Paramedico (2012) and Son of a Lion (2008), which was selected for the Berlinale. He is the author of books including Paramedico – Around the World by Ambulance, a tie-in with his film of the same name, Warrior Poets about the making of his first feature film in Pakistan, and children's book, The Travel Bug, with illustrator James Gulliver. His most recent book is The Gap: An Australian Paramedic’s Summer on the Edge.
Rachael Mead is a poet, writer, and arts reviewer. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Flaw in the Pattern (2018) and has published widely with her work appearing in publications including Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Westerly, Cordite, Island and Southerly. The Application of Pressure is her debut novel.
Victoria Purman is a bestselling Australian author whose most recent novel, The Women’s Pages, was published in 2020.