Writing like Crazy - the all-too-high's and far-too-lows of writing about mental illness.
Writing and mental illness make excellent bedfellows, for better or worse. Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids, is creative and courageous, an extraordinary personal memoir peppered with film and literary criticism, as well as family history. Sam is joined by Brisbane journalist and writer Andrew Stafford whose next book will detail his own struggle with mental illness and Krissy Kneen who has written about her struggles with depression in her memoir Affection. The panel will be chaired by Chloe Cooper, a writer who has also been frank about her own mental health issues.
Sam Twyford-Moore’s own story, unflinching, shocking and sometimes blackly comic, gives the book an edge, not always comfortable but full of insight. Smart, lively and well-researched, The Rapids manages to be a wild ride and introspective at once, exploring a condition that touches thousands of people, directly or indirectly.