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.