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One Curious Doctor: A conversation with Hilton Koppe

Presented as part of The Grieve Project

On the evening of Saturday 26 August, please join us for an illuminating conversation with Hilton Koppe—writer, educator, podcaster and doctor—at Hudson Street Hum in Hamilton. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

In conversation with Hunter Writers’ Centre’s director, Katherine McLean, Hilton discusses his healing journey after a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how reflective writing practice helped him to process the challenging and emotional experiences of working as a small-town doctor. We’ll discuss how he self-published his book, One Curious Doctor, which is now enjoying a second-release with publishing house Wakefield Press.

Hilton is a wise, vibrant, and compassionate teacher of reflective writing practice, which he has shared with hundreds of people in workshops around the world.

This conversation precedes a reflective writing workshop on Sunday between 10am – 1pm at Studio Amsterdam in Maitland.


Photograph of Hilton Koppe, author of One Curious Doctor

Hilton Koppe is a writer, educator, podcaster and doctor living on Bundjalung Land on the east coast of Australia. He is a long-standing member of Dementia Training Australia’s GP education team.

Hilton facilitates reflective writing workshops for doctors and other health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing risk of burnout. The workshops have been adapted for people living with chronic and mental illnesses, as well as enthusiastic amateur writers. Hilton has been invited to present his workshops all the way from Byron Writers Festival to Harvard Medical School.

Hilton’s book, One Curious Doctor: A Memoir of Medicine, Migration and Mortality, explores the personal impact of working as a country doctor. His play, Enduring Witness, is used to facilitate conversations about end-of-life care. Hilton is co-host of Dementia In Practice, a top 100 Great Australian Pod.


Saturday 26 August 2023
6.30pm for a 7pm start
Hudson St Hum
7 Hudson St, Hamilton , NSW


Members: $10 (Join the Hunter Writers Centre)
Non-members $15


The Grieve Project, now in its 11th year, explores storytelling across the spectrum of loss. It provides permission and a platform to write our collective grief out loud. In 2023, the Hunter Writers’ Centre presents Grieve as a series of workshops and seminars held in August during National Grief Awareness month. The Grieve Project is an initiative of the Hunter Writers’ Centre. Find out more at: The Grieve Project – Hunter Writers Centre