This year, more than 19,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer — and, thanks to medical advancements, most will survive it. But what does survival look like for younger women with the disease?
On Thursday October 24th, Books @ Stones are pleased to host a conversation between Brisbane writers and breast cancer survivors, Dr Amanda Niehaus (author of The Breeding Season, Allen & Unwin, 2019) and Josie Dietrich (author of In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope, UQP, 2018).
Both Amanda and Josie were diagnosed with breast cancer in their early- or mid-30s, when their children were less than a year old. Their treatments caused early menopause (with all its joys) and changed their career plans and perspectives on life. Both wrote books confronting their experiences—Amanda wrote a novel and Josie, a memoir.
In this conversation, the authors will openly discuss their experiences with cancer and cancer survival, including the stories behind their books and why they took the form they did. How do fiction and memoir differ in how they are conceived and written and read?