Author Talk with Simon Gillard
4th May @ Berkelouw Hornsby
Join us for an evening with Simon Gillard, author of Life Sentence.
From the moment two police officers walked into his primary school to give a talk, Simon Gillard knew he wanted to be a policeman. He began as an optimistic young probationary constable with a great sense of humour and passion for the job. But as his career began to build, so too did the number of cases he worked on, from high-profile murder investigations to paedophile rings, suicides to the investigation of a fellow officer.
As the cases mounted, Simon started to suffer panic attacks and to drink heavily. Nights were the most difficult: he would shut his eyes only to be tormented by nightmares about missing young women, and schoolboys not much older than his own son, whose lives had been devastated. He sought help but was encouraged to just ‘go back to work’ and ended up making four attempts on his own life. He was later formally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and invalided out of the force.
In this powerful memoir, Simon reveals the details of the cases he worked on, how the police force operates, and how one man’s life can spiral so out of control. He is now working to create awareness about PTSD and has written this book to help other sufferers.
This is a free event but we do ask you to RSVP. You can do so by email, following the link below or by phone on 9987 2393.
Hope to see you there!
Where: Shop B30-33, Level 3 (on the link bridge), Westfield Shopping Centre, Pacific Highway, Hornsby, 2077, Sydney, AU
When: Thu, 4th May
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
+61 (0)2 9987 2393