Nicola Redhouse is the author of Unlike the Heart: a memoir of brain and mind (2019), which explores, via her personal story, psychoanalysis, the mind/brain divide, and questions of bodily and psychological inheritance. Her essays, opinion pieces and fiction appear widely, including in The Age, The Australian, The Monthly, Meanjin, the Big Issue Fiction Edition and Best Australian Stories. She has worked as a book editor since 2005, and occasionally teaches creative writing at RMIT and Melbourne University.
Professor Josh Cohen (UK) explores intersections between psychoanalysis, cultural theory and modern literature. His writing has been termed ‘beguiling’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘compassionate’. Josh’s manner speaks of the same qualities, as he listens deeply to the answers that reside in spaces too removed for most of us to hear. In conversation with Nicola Redhouse.
Is there a point where the ‘me’ in memoir should stop? Are there limits to what readers want to know about or is a modern memoir expected to expose all? Is the ‘me’ in memoir a performative self? Three debut memoirists, Gigi Fenster (NZ), Hayley Katzen and Nicola Redhouse, discuss their thoughts with master memoirist…