ON THE WARD
Three writers with medical credentials give an upfront and personal take on their stressed and stressful workplaces – and describe how their creativity and writing is stimulated and affected by the experience. Former psychiatric nurse Nathan Filer (UK) is the author of the Costa award-winning The Shock of the Fall, and The Heartland (also published as This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health). Auckland neonatal nurse Amy McDaid’s debut novel Fake Baby, a rendering of grief, mental health and resilience, has been reviewed by Paula Morris as “a darkly funny satire that’s both moving and wise”. And North Shore Hospital haematologist Eileen Merriman is the author of four YA novels and the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Awards longlisted adult work Moonlight Sonata, in which a family holiday goes bad. They speak with writer and trainee doctor Emma Espiner.