FWF Round Up: Friday 9 September 2016

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.

Recommended Reading

Upcoming Events

  • 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.

Published by cristy

Dr Cristy Clark is an Australian legal academic and writer based at Southern Cross University, where she teaches Human Rights, Competition and Consumer Law, and Equity. Her research and academic writing focuses on the intersection of human rights, neoliberalism and the environment. Cristy’s PhD thesis (submitted in 2013) considered the status and realisation of the human right to water, with a special focus on the rights of the urban poor in Manila and Johannesburg. During her candidature she carried out qualitative research in Johannesburg and Manila – into the impact of prepaid water meters on the community in Phiri, Soweto (and the developing Mazibuko water rights case) and the impact of the privatisation of Manila’s water system on access to water for the urban poor. Further information about her academic publications can be found here. Cristy has also written about law, feminism, motherhood and food politics for a variety of publications, including The Conversation, Kill Your Darlings Journal, ABC The Drum, Overland online, Essential Baby, The Wheeler Centre online, The Human Rights Defender, and The Big Issue. In 2016, Cristy co-founded the Feminist Writers Festival (with Jo Case). On the blog you’ll find further musings about feminism, motherhood, politics, development, human rights and food. Please do not republish the images or words on this website without prior authorisation (except for short quotes). Thank you. Cristy can be contacted on cristy dot clark at gmail dot com.

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