When Hilton Koppe was diagnosed with PTSD, the much-loved country doctor had no choice but to retire from general practice. In this session Hilton chats with courageous authors Anna Jacobson, Roz Bellamy and Jonathan Seidler, each of whom have faced mental health challenges – be it bipolar, depression or psychosis. Like Hilton, they have turned to writing both as a creative panacea of sorts, and to break through the stigma of mental ill health.


Artists

Roz Bellamy

Roz Bellamy is a writer and researcher based in Melbourne. Roz’s first book, Mood: A Memoir of Love, Identity and Mental Health, published by Wakefield Press in 2023, explores the intersections of mental illness, Jewish and queer identity, and intergenerational trauma. In 2022, Roz completed a PhD exploring the impacts of engaging in life writing…

Anna Jacobson

Anna Jacobson is an award-winning writer and artist from Meanjin (Brisbane). She has written and illustrated three books: a memoir – How to Knit a Human (NewSouth, 2024); and the poetry collections Anxious in a Sweet Store (Upswell, 2023) and Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019). In 2020 Anna won the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing and…

An evening with Jonathan Seidler

Melbourne Jewish Book Week is opening their Schools Program to the public for one special evening. Join Chanie Stock, Wellbeing Coordinator at The King David School in conversation with Jonathan Seidler, author and freelance journalist, as he discusses his memoir ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’. A deeply personal account of family, love and the power of music. The discussion will address issues of mental health and family trauma / suicide. Tickets are free for school-age students.

Hilton Koppe

Hilton Koppe is a writer, educator, podcaster and doctor living on Bundjalung Land. Hilton facilitates reflective writing workshops for doctors and other health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing risk of burnout. The workshops have been adapted for people living with chronic and mental illnesses, as well as…