Author(s): Veronica Coopman-Dewis
"When you've eaten
four vanilla slices
three cherry ripes
half a kilo of cheese
half a loaf of bread
a bowl of ice cream
500 grams of yoghurt
in the space of two hours
you mist lie
on our left side
with your stomach
until the nausea stops
before you can eat
is left in the house."
For Veronica, food has become more important than boys, books, or birthdays. But she knows things have gone too far when she is mugged by a peice of cake in her own kitchen.
Like a packet of Tim Tams waiting in the cupboard, Private Party is a special treat. It's naughty and its funny--resist if you can!
Veronica Coopman-Dewis was born in Tailem Bend, South Australia in 1955. She graduated as a physiotherapist in 1978 and currently works as an eating disorders therapist.
Veronica has developed a unique education-based treatment for anorexic and bulimic clients which has been implemented in Adelaide. As a member of the board of the Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa Association of South Australia, she is active in education the community through seminars, workshops and the media.
She has previously published some poems in a British anthology and is currently working on several projects; planing a film about eating disorders, evaluating the in-patient therapy programs she developd, and writing a further and very different work about anorexia.
Veronica lives in Adelaide hills with her husband David and two children, Sophia and Jesse. She loves digging for fossils and escaping the city to travel with her long-distance truckie husband.