with Luke Horton and Meg Mason / Chaired by Jo Case
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Trouble of the Mind: Mental Illness in Fiction description
The devastating effect of mental health afflictions and their impact on both the individual and their nearest and dearest is sensitively and sometimes hilariously explored by Meg Mason and Luke Horton in their respective novels, Sorrow and Bliss and The Fogging. Full of spiky wit and vivid observation, Sorrow and Bliss looks back on a wrecked marriage. The Fogging documents a relationship breakdown with pathos, documenting with prickly precision the anxiety that plagues our protagonist.
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Luke Horton’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, and The Australian, and was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella prize. The former editor of The Lifted Brow Review of Books, he currently teaches creative writing at RMIT, and is a member of acclaimed indie-rock band Love of Diagrams. The Fogging is his debut novel, and was highly commended for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2019.
Meg Mason began her career at the Financial Times and The Times of London. Her work has since appeared in publications including The Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The New Yorker, GQ and Vogue. Her first book Say It Again in a Nice Voice, a memoir of early motherhood, was published in 2012 and her debut novel You Be Mother followed in 2017. Her most recent novel is Sorrow and Bliss.
Jo Case is an Adelaide-based writer, editor and bookseller, and the author of Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s. She works at Imprints Booksellers and Wakefield Press.