FWF Round-up: Friday 19 August 2016

Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie, one to watch at FWF.

‘We wanted to be really clear that we actually don’t have any interest in “Feminism 101”, that we didn’t want to squander this fairly finite amount of time and opportunity by going over the basics and to be introducing the really foundational concepts’. Brooke Boland at ArtsHub chatted with FWF Chair Cristy Clark, profiling ‘five to watch’ from the FWF program.

The goal of FWF is to be ‘intersectional and interrogative’, and its organisers hope to create a unique space for a diverse group of feminist writers. In Kill Your Darlings, Stefanie Italia chatted with the team about the genesis of the festival, and its place in the feminist writing community.

FWF Round-up: Friday 12 August 2016

Still from 'Certain Women'

Still from Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Certain Women’. Image via Kill Your Darlings

‘Most Australians are still living in a cocoon of historical ignorance.’ FWF artist Liz Conor speaks to Feminartsy about activism, colonial narratives of Indigenous Australian women, and why she’s looking forward to the chance to ‘listen up’ to other feminist voices at our networking day.

In The Lifted Brow, Candy Bowers ponders the state of racial diversity on Australian screens with a personal reflection on her love of TV, and the lack of people of colour she had to connect with on screen while growing up. Things really became troubled after Bill Cosby was ousted for drugging and raping women on set, and Bowers was left bereft of her favourite TV dad, and still asking questions about where all the brown people are in 2016.

FWF Round-up: Friday 5 August 2016

Betty Musgrove 'Pattern and the Personal'

Betty Musgrove, ‘Pattern and the Personal’, 2016. Image via Footscray Community Arts Centre

‘Taking the songs from the vault of their minds to an archive radically changes tradition. Yet they recognise it is crucial to do so, as the knowledge may well be lost if they don’t. These women are our professors, and there are very few Arrernte women who still hold this knowledge.’ Rachel Perkins reports on The Arrernte Women’s Project, based just outside Alice Springs, where Arrernte women are working to preserve vital songs and culture that might otherwise disappear from living memory.