The Extraordinary Life of Dr Clair Weekes

At Maitland City Library’s first Wellbeing event  journalist Judith Hoare tells the true story of Dr Claire Weekes, the little known mental health pioneer who revolutionised how we see the defining problem of our era, anxiety.

The international bestseller ‘Self-Help for Your Nerves’, first published in 1962 and still in print, has helped tens of millions of people to overcome mental health issues. Yet even as letters and phone calls from readers around the world flooded in, thanking her for helping to improve, and in some cases to save their lives, Dr Claire Weekes was dismissed as underqualified and overly populist by the psychiatric establishment.

Manager Gallery & Libraries Keryl Collard says, ‘Journalist Judith Hoare is the first to tell Claire Weekes remarkable story in her book, ‘The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code’ and it is fantastic to have her in Maitland to speak at our first wellbeing event.

‘Come along to East Maitland Library to find out more about Dr Claire Weekes at this free event.’

Judith Hoare is a journalist who worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Australian Financial Review (AFR) over several decades. She started her career on Chequerboard, a trailblazing social issues television program in the 1970s, and then moved to the AFR, reporting on federal politics in Canberra. She shifted to features writing, then specialising in editing long form journalism for the newspaper. Hoare was appointed deputy editor in 1995, a position she held for 20 years.

This event will be held at East Maitland Library from 6.00pm on Thursday 12 March. For more details and bookings for this free event visit