Lian Low in the Spoken Word session at our Networking Day
Fiction and identity politics: Lionel Shriver and ‘that’ speech – Stephanie Convery dissects the Brisbane Writers’ Festival’s keynote address given by Lionel Shriver. Exploring the history of cultural appropriation in literature and beyond, Convery provides some great insights from various authors of colour and marginalised cultural backgrounds.
What happened in Brisbane – in New Republic, Suki Kim writes about attending Shriver’s address in person and, later, sitting on the impromptu ‘right of reply’ panel designed to discuss reactions, such as the viral essay written by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, to Shriver’s speech.
Thank you for being an integral part of the inaugural Feminist Writers Festival. As you know, we held our Networking Day on Friday 26 August, followed by two days of public programming held in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.
The festival was a huge success. Tickets to our Networking Day sold out over a month in advance of the festival, and all five of the public MWF sessions were at capacity.
It was heartening to see that our audience drew from such a diverse range of backgrounds, including an impressive age spread ranging from high school students to women in their seventies. The intergenerational conversations that took place were a very special feature of the Networking Day, and were also reflected in the hugely popular public MWF session, Feminism Then & Now with Anne Summers, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Sophie Cunningham.
We have been busy updating our website with photos from the Networking Day and with links to the podcasts of many of the sessions, kindly recorded by JOY 94.9’s Broad. You can also find media coverage of the festival collected on our website for easy reading.
We hope you’ll keep in touch. We look forward to sharing what’s next for FWF.
Our amazing volunteers made everyone feel welcome
Karen Pickering & Maxine Beneba Clarke in Building your feminist community
Networking in the corridors (Clem Bastow, Veronica Sullivan and Monica Dux)
The audience was so engaged in the Spoken Word session
- Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry will launch next week at Collected Works Bookshop, with readings from some of the anthology’s contributors. 6pm, Thursday 15 September, Melbourne.
- Spinifex Press celebrates 25 years of feminist publishing today with a two-day event, That’s Radical Feminism, at the Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne.
- Sisters in Crime will hold its 25th Anniversary Convention – SheKilda 3: A one-day crime spree. 19 November, St Kilda Town Hall.
- The Victoria Women’s Trust’s Breakthrough is a gender equality event featuring 100 speakers, ‘bringing big ideas, leading thinkers and passionate change-makers to the fore.’ 25–26 November, Melbourne.
- The World Without Birds: A musical fable by Christine Croyden play 26 October–6 November at La Mama Courthouse.