Author talk: Pain and Prejudice
In conversation with Gabrielle Jackson & Michaela Kalowski
In 2015, The Guardian journalist Gabrielle Jackson told her editor she wanted to write about endometriosis. It turned into a world-wide investigation into the disease, in which thousands of women got in touch to tell their own story and hundreds and thousands more read and shared the material. This became the catalyst for Gabrielle thinking more widely about women's pain and how it is viewed and treated not just by the medical profession, but by wider society, the result is her new book Pain and Prejudice, a strong polemic on the state of women’s health and healthcare in todays’ world.
Gabrielle Jackson is an associate news editor at Guardian Australia, and was previously opinion editor there. Before that, she was a senior journalist at The Hoopla. Gabrielle has lived and worked in the USA, UK and Australia as a journalist and copywriter. She currently lives in Sydney and commutes regularly to the Riverina district of New South Wales. Gabrielle was first diagnosed with endometriosis in 2001. In 2015 she was also diagnosed with adenomyosis. After writing about endometriosis for the Guardian 2015, she became interested in how women’s pain is treated in modern healthcare systems and has been researching and writing about the topic since then. Gabrielle loves cooking and is a kebab connoisseur. In 2011-2012, she spent eight months travelling from Europe through the Middle East to Asia sampling and researching the history of the kebabs and their journey to the western world. She returned to Australia after being run over by a train in India.
Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and facilitator. She regularly facilitates panels and conducts interviews at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Film Festival, for community organisations & local libraries. She has conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show and Big Ideas and has presented programs on ABC RN and Local Radio. Michaela has interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. Highlight interviews include Tom Keneally, Amos Oz, Anthony Horowitz, Turia Pitt, Trent Dalton and Holly Ringland.