Endo Days is coming soon and made possible by an Independent Makers and Presenters grant from Arts South Australia
Speaker, performer, author
'Endo Days' is a look at the stories of those within the endo community, as told to journalist and educator Libby Trainor Parker, who was diagnosed with endometriosis aged thirty-six, and has dedicated the past eight years to finding the lighter side of chronic illness.
Endo Days is a frank, often funny and honest memoir told in a narrative journalism style, with Libby’s own story as the central story, drawing on interviews with others with endometriosis (both women, men and non-binary), their partners – male and female, doctors and specialists, researchers and the wider endo community.
‘When I was diagnosed with endometriosis 17 years after first presenting with symptoms, I threw myself into trying to make a difference for others,’ says Libby.
‘The whole endo road has been bumpy, rocky, sad, and at times utterly hilarious, and I want to share everything I’ve learned to help others manage this illness too.’
Wakefield’s associate publisher Jo Case approached Libby to write the book after reading her account of living with endometriosis shared with a SA parliamentary briefing, and media coverage of the endometriosis awareness program she co-wrote and taught in SA schools, as well as Queensland and Victoria – now being rolled out nationwide, funded by state and federal governments and created by Pelvic Pain Foundation Australia (of which Libby served a term as a director of the board).
Jo compares Libby’s ability to combine humour, storytelling and solidly researched health information with Monica Dux and Kaz Cooke.
‘I was struck by Libby’s terrifically charismatic writing voice and ability to motivate through stories, combined with her lived experience and acquired authority on this issue. I know that endometriosis is a condition that intimately affects the lives of so many women, that the earlier the diagnosis, the better the outcome – and that it’s been chronically overlooked for a long time, with seriously damaging consequences. A book like Libby’s has the potential to really raise awareness, and provide companionship and comfort to others with the condition.’
Libby received an Arts SA grant to write this book during 2020.
Endo Days is due for release in March, 2022.
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Libby is available to speak about women's health, persistence, motivation and thriving in the face of adversity.
An experienced and popular MC, Libby will bring value to your event or occasion through her natural ability to connect with audiences and tell a great story with a healthy dose of humour.
"Libby is smart, witty, sexy, vulnerable, cute, honest—the most charismatic host you could ask for on a musical learning journey about real pain—and real love, resilience and humour in the face of it."
"We’re delighted to officially announce the acquisition of world rights to Libby Trainor Parker’s debut book, with the working title of Endo Days: Life, Love and Laughs with Endometriosis, which Wakefield Press will publish in 2022."
"Endo Days is a frank, often funny and honest memoir told in a narrative journalism style, with Libby’s own story as the central narrative, drawing on interviews with others with endometriosis (both women, men and non-binary), their partners – male and female, doctors and specialists, researchers and the wider endo community."