FWF Round-up: September 2016

Lian Low in the Spoken Word session
Lian Low in the Spoken Word session at our Networking Day

Recommended Reading

Fiction and identity politics: Lionel Shriver and ‘that’ speechStephanie 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.

This is not a memoir: the c-word in women’s writing – In Overland, Marta Skrabacz explores confessional writing and its extraordinary ability to link women’s experiences within history. In a similar thread, check out the Politics of Personal Writing podcast from our Networking Day.

Maria Tumarkin’s lecture on the Royal Commission –  Maria Tumarkin’s public lecture at the University of Melbourne discussed the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse, and asked what it means to witness someone else’s pain.

Editor of Archer Magazine responds to online abuse – In The Age, the editor of Archer Magazine Amy Middleton responds to online abuse quite stunningly, by resorting to empathy.

In case you missed it – Author of smash-hit The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke’s keynote for the Melbourne Writers Festival is now available to watch!

Sisteria Podcast wants your questions for their Agony Aunt segment! From the team behind The Rereaders, Sisteria is a new podcast focusing on women’s experiences as creators and consumers of art and culture. Questions can be about anything – careers, relationships, creativity, health, motivation – and you can always remain anonymous. Email sisteriapodcast@gmail.com with your biggest, juiciest thoughts.


Upcoming Events

Aboriginal Non-Fiction Spaces: How First Nations Women Tell and Protect Story – The Lifted Brow and RMIT’s non/fictionLab present a lecture by Paola Balla, looking at important works such as Margaret Lilardia Tucker’s If Everyone Cared, the first ever autobiography by an Aboriginal person. Thursday 20 October, Melbourne.

Listen Conference 2016 a three-day feminist music conference exploring gender and feminism in music and performance. Featuring keynotes from Alok Vaid-Menon and Clementine Ford, live music performances, workshops and panel discussions. 14-16 October, Melbourne.



Applications are open for the 2016 Deborah Cass Prize – Early career writers of a migrant background are invited to enter, with the winner receiving a cash prize and an invaluable three-month mentorship with an established writer. Applications close on Monday 17 October at 5pm.


New Books, Essays and Anthologies

Clementine Ford’s Fight Like a Girl – This highly anticipated feminist handbook is set to be released in October, with Clem already busy with events. Get ready, get excited and order it now!

Doing It: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex – Edited by the inimitable Karen Pickering, this collection features a long list of engaging voices, all discussing women and sex, our bodies, what we like and why our sex lives can be so hard to talk about. You can read Veronica Sullivan’s in-depth review of Doing It in Kill Your Darlings.

Rebellious Daughters: An Anthology of Powerful Stories from Australian Women – Featuring FWF Steering Committee member Jo Case, as well as a host of great local writers including Jamila Rizvi, Krissy Kneen, Marion Halligan, Rebecca Starford, Jane Caro and Susan Wyndham, this collection of poignant tales is not to be missed!

Hannah Kent’s The Good People is finally out – Kent’s long awaited second novel, which melds folklore, history and fantasy with strong women characters, is sure to blow us away!

Our Sporting Life: GriffithReview – Exploring how sport intersects with issues of race and gender, this edition features works by and about women. Read Annie Zaidi’s piece on Indian women wrestlers, Alicia Sometimes’ footy poetry, and an extract from The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike. You can also hear Catriona talk about running and writing on RN Life Matters.


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