FWF Round-up: Friday 29 July 2016

Magnolia Maymuru

Magnolia Maymuru. Photo: Sam Tabone/WireImage

We are delighted to announce some late additions to our Networking Day program. Penni Russon will join Merlinda Bobis and Emma Ashmere for our session on Feminism Through Fiction, and Louise Taylor will now chair our session on Writing Politics, Writing Feminism, with Evelyn Araluen, Jenna Price and Clementine Ford. We regret to announce that Anna Spargo-Ryan will be unable to join us this year.

We have updated our website to better recognise our supporters. You will now find a list of our wonderful Friends of the Festival, and separate acknowledgements of our Partners, Sponsors and Volunteers.

Tickets to our Networking Day on 26 August are almost sold out. If you or someone you know are hoping to attend then please get in quick!

FWF Round-up: Thursday 21 July 2016



This week we’re excited about the launch of the Melbourne Writers Festival program, as we announce the details of our co-curated FWF public events, which will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August. Three of these events are free, while FWF Networking Day ticket holders are eligible for a 10% discount on the remaining two events (discount codes will be emailed to ticketholders). If you don’t yet have a ticket to the Networking Day, grab it here.

Feminist Writers Festival public events at Melbourne Writers Festival

Muslim Feminism (free) – Sat 27 August, 1pm, Footscray Community Arts Centre
How are Muslim women fighting sexism and working for change? Shakira Hussein and Eliza Vitri Handayani explore the subject in their writing, while psychologist Monique Toohey helps patients access culturally appropriate services. In this session, they dissect the intersection of feminism and Muslim identity. Hosted by Catherine Balmer.

Winning Women (ticketed) – Saturday 27 August, 2.30pm, Fed Square
Baileys Prize winner Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) and 2016 Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things) discuss their acclaimed novels, sources of inspiration, how gender informs their writing and the importance of literary prizes. Hosted by Aviva Tuffield.

Artistic Lives of Women (free) – Sunday 28 Aug, 11.30am, Fed Square
How is creativity in women nurtured – or rejected – in different cultures? Emily Bitto’s The Strays explores creative communities in Melbourne, while Rosalyn D’Mello is an award-winning writer based in India. They dissect cultural attitudes towards creativity and gender in this session. Hosted by Rita Wilson.

Feminism Then & Now (ticketed) – Sun 28 August, 1pm, Fed Square
How has feminism evolved over the last 40 years? What legacies have past trailblazers left on the current movement? Seasoned feminist activist and publisher Anne Summers and new generation voice Yassmin Abdel-Magied weigh in on feminism past, present and future.

Feminism Online (free) – Sunday 28 August, 5.30pm, Fed Square
How does the internet foster community and conversation for women? Is writing about your personal life a feminist act? Disability and queer rights activist Jax Jacki Brown and Daily Life columnist Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen talk feminism online with Cristy Clark.

FWF Round-up: Friday 15 July 2016

Lucy Treloar and Fiona Wright

Lucy Treloar and Fiona Wright. Photo: Edwina Pickles (Sydney Morning Herald)

We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to Fiona Wright for winning the Kibble Award for her brilliant book Small Acts of Disappearance. Fiona will appear at FWF’s session ‘The politics of personal writing’, along with Maria Tumarkin and Stephanie Convery. Congratulations also to Lucy Treloar, whose novel Salt Creek was awarded the Dobbie Prize for a debut author.

This week, Feminartsy spoke to Amy Middleton, founding editor of Archer magazine, about what it’s like running a publication with a unique focus on sexuality, gender and identity. Amy will appear at FWF’s session ‘Queer, transgender & feminist writing’, along with Alison Evans and Alyena Mohummadally.

FWF Round-up: Friday 8 July 2016


Newly-elected Indigenous MP Linda Burney

‘While there is plenty of media coverage of feminists’ work today, there is something to be said about these books being an integral part of literature festivals. Sadly, it has traditionally been hard to find many feminist-specific festivals dedicated to delving into feminist literature, which is why one Australian festival has decided it is high time to change this.’ In this terrific article, UK site GirlTalkHQ takes a close look at the FWF and the conditions that led to its creation.

FWF Steering Committee member Veronica Sullivan spoke to Triple R’s Multi-Storied program this week about the festival, including her top events to watch out for. Listen to the interview here.