Dr Kenneth Pakenham - BOOKED OUT

Tuesday 17 March 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 17 March 2020 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Sarah Klenbort is in-conversation with Dr Kenneth Pakenham discussing his memoir The Trauma Banquet: Eating Pain, Feasting on Life.

The truth about how to overcome adversity, with a foreword by Professor Steve Hayes, author of The Liberated Mind and originator of acceptance and commitment therapy, The Trauma Banquet gives raw insights into how to build personal resilience in the face of lingering trauma.

At the heart of this memoir is the liberating and inspirational message: eating pain is empowering. As a professor and educator of clinical psychology with 38 years of treating people, Dr Pakenham has found there is no effective way to remove the pain from past traumas. Their silent echoes last a lifetime and demand their rightful place in life. The only viable remedy is to embrace pain, a process that is both transformative and energising. Each one of us is affected by trauma at some point in our life. Everyone suffers. In this book Dr Pakenham gives real-life examples of how to use your inner pain to invigorate your life.

Dr Pakenham has worked with thousands of clients, and extensively researched human behaviour and cutting-edge practices in clinical psychology. In this memoir he examines his own painful silent trauma echoes that defy eradication and shows how he uses inner pain to cultivate fulfilment.

Sarah Klenbort is a prize-winning writer who teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Queensland and Memoir at the Queensland Writers Centre. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Best Australian Stories, Overland, Southerly, Island, and various anthologies and overseas journals. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a PhD in Literature from Binghamton University.