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Thu, 22 Sept


Better Read Than Dead

Author talk with Jacinta Parsons

Join Jacinta Parsons and Caro Meldrum-Hanna in-conversation to celebrate the release of A Question of Age.

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Author talk with Jacinta Parsons
Author talk with Jacinta Parsons

Time & Location

22 Sept 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Warning: this is not a self-help book. Or, a helpful book, necessarily. No one really needs 'help' with ageing. It will happen no matter what we do. Neither is it a book to guide you through these stages of ageing. This book will not ask you to love your lines. Or to post on social media that you feel privileged to age. This book is, instead, a howl of rage.

Grappling with ageing is one of the most confronting elements of being a woman. When we become invisible, when we lose our sexual currency, when we lose that elasticity in our skin, when our bodies soften and change, when our perceived 'value' to society dramatically falls, when our notion of self-worth takes a radical shift.

What do we do when our outside self doesn't match our inside self? That old woman staring back at her reflection in the mirror doesn't understand why she feels so young. So how do we adjust our perceptions of getting older? What does it mean to age as a woman? How do we adjust our thinking about being in the world? What is our currency now?

Jacinta believes that midlife is a crucial reckoning with despair and hope, a time when you are naked in the centre of the world and no-one notices or perhaps cares to look. Midlife is a time when you take stock – to look back and understand how you were made as a woman, and to look forward into the future, to see how you might unmake yourself to live the life that perhaps you should be living.

A Question of Age is incendiary, raging and raw, but also compassionate, insightful and powerfully energising. It is a book for every woman looking in the mirror thinking she no longer recognises herself. It is a book for our times.

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer, speaker and author of her memoir Unseen: The secret life of chronic illness. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne, delivering a popular mix of art, culture and ideas. She is fabulous talent for events and this would make for a great event – it is such a fascinating and rich talking point that all women will experience and have thoughts on.

Caroline (Caro) Meldrum-Hanna is a highly respected and multi-award winning journalist with ABC TV’s Four Corners, renowned for her skill in uncovering social justice stories that drive reform.

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