Rachael Mead

Rachael Mead

The application of pressure

How do paramedics cope with constant exposure to trauma in a work life which is a supercut of the worst days of other people’s lives? Mead’s novel, based on real life experiences in Adelaide, tells the story of how paramedics Tash and Joel maintain their sanity, preserve their mental health and their relationships. It is a story of survival through binding friendship, sometimes though black humour, and of humanity in extremity. It is not all gore and grit   - some emergencies are frightening, others moving, but some are simply funny.

Mead brings precision, empathy and an engaging sense of place … within these accounts is a full spectrum of emotional tone and effect.The Advertiser

Rachael Mead is a poet, writer, and arts reviewer living in South Australia. With Honours in Classical Archaeology, she also has a Masters in Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Creative Writing. She is the author of four collections of poetry: most recently The Flaw in the Pattern (UWA Publishing 2018), Her writing has appeared in Meanjin, Westerly, Island, Southerly and Best Australian Poems. In 2019 she received an AP/NAHR Eco-Poetry Fellowship award for a creative writing residency in northern Italy.

WHEN: Thursday 27 May 2021, 6:00 pm for a 6:30pm start

WHERE: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

ENTRY: $10 at the door. Eftpos only. Students free.

Proceeds support the University Library.

Bookings are essential by 25 May to friends_library@adelaide.edu.au

Numbers are limited to observe COVID-19 restrictions


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