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On the edge of life: Fiction, cognition and emotions

Wednesday 08 December, 6.00-8.00 pm

The Garden Lounge Creative Space,573 King Street Newtown 2042

Join us at the Garden Lounge Creative Space on Wednesday 08 December 6 - 8pm for a discussion to celebrate the launch of Neurocognitive Interpretations of Australian Literature (Routledge) by Jean-François Vernay.

As humans we are driven by our emotions and desires and hardly think twice about how our brain is influencing our choices on a daily basis. Fiction allows us to negotiate our relationship with the world and ourselves, and enables creative writers to lay bare their emotions with just the power of words, to which readers respond emotionally.

Come and engage with a neuroscientist, a literary critic, and novelists to discuss feelings, desire, ways of thinking, aesthetic representations, slices of life and matters of the heart. All writers will be available for a book signing session.

Special guests

MC Michael Aiken (Poet and Owner of Garden Lounge Creative Space)

Literary critic Jean-François Vernay (Editor of The Rise of the Australian Neurohumanities, Routledge)

Neuroscientist Professor Mark Williams (Macquarie University)

Novelist Peter Polites (The Pillars, Hachette)

Fiction and Nonfiction author Sue Woolfe (The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: A Writer Looks at Creativity and Neuroscience, UWAP)

NOTE ALL guests must check in and have proof of double vaccination. This is non-negotiable. Further details of the Garden Lounge COVIDconsiderations can be found at:


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