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Men of Heart

Ben Bravery, Barry Nicholls, Laurie Steed & Derek Pedley

Men of Heart Sun 26 Feb Fremantle Arts Centre, Upper Lawn $24
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We regret to inform you that Ben Bravery is unable to attend this panel due to unforeseen circumstances. The panel will still be going ahead with Barry Nicholls, Laurie Steed & Derek Pedley.

Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre  

In The Patient Doctor, Ben Bravery writes a brave, honest and vulnerable account of overcoming bowel cancer to become a doctor. In Second Innings, Barry Nicholls explores his struggles and triumphs with mental health, while urging men to open up. In You Belong Here and in much of his short fiction Laurie Steed explores men, their anxieties and their struggles to find connection and in Crazy Bastard, Derek Pedley explores adoption, depression and coming out on the other side.

Join these four men in conversation about loss, loneliness, love and men's health, with Josephine Taylor.

Barry Nicholls

A former A-grade district cricketer and schoolteacher, Barry Nicholls has written about cricket for decades and is a broadcaster with the ABC, where he has worked since 2003. After 25 years of playing cricket he now enjoys spending his weekends watching his children embrace the challenges and pleasures of participating in sport. Barry lives in Perth and has learned a bit about second chances in life.

Laurie Steed

Laurie Steed is an award-winning author from Perth, Western Australia. His debut novel, You Belong Here, was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the 2018 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. His second book, Better Than Me: A Memoir of Early Fatherhood, will be published in 2023, and his third book, Greater City Shadows, won the 2021 Henry Handel Richardson Flagship Fellowship for Short Story Writing and was shortlisted for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Ben Bravery

Originally a zoologist and science communicator, Ben Braverybecame a doctor in 2018 and is now undertaking speciality training in psychiatry. Ben volunteers, advocates, writes and speaks about colorectal cancer, living with cancer, cancer in young adults, medicine and medical education, and is committed to advocating for change in Australia's healthcare system.

Derek Pedley

Derek Pedley has worked in newspapers since 1988 and has also published three true crime books, including two shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Crime Awards.

He was a News Editor at The Advertiser in Adelaide and edited the paper’s state and federal political coverage from 2013–2020.

He walked away from journalism in 2020 to complete CRAZY BASTARD, a memoir of his 1972 forced adoption, which took four years to research and write. He is now a sub editor at the Sunraysia Daily in Mildura. He lives in Adelaide and is married to Dr Shannon Schedlich, who co-researched his memoir.

Time & Location

Sun 26 Feb

4pm Fremantle Arts Centre, Upper Lawn, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle / Walyalup



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