Our co-chair, Cristy Clark, hosted a fabulous event in Lismore earlier this month with the fearless Tracey Spicer at NORPA. We’ll be making the audio recording available on our website soon, so keep an eye out for it.
Our next event will be at Melbourne Writers Festival and we can’t wait to tell you more once the program is announced on 18 July!
Finally, a huge welcome to our newest board members Foong Ling Kong and Louise Taylor, and our new marketing and communications manager Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen. For more about the women behind FWF visit our website.
FWF is back! And we’re giving up the good girl!
We were delighted this month to announce two FWF events in April – both themed around ‘Giving Up the Good Girl’ in celebration of this, the unofficial year of the nasty woman! Tickets are on sale now.
Monday 3 April, Melbourne, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
Angela Pippos, Krissy Kneen and Jamila Rizvi, hosted by FWF’s Veronica Sullivan.
Wednesday 19 April, Brisbane, Avid Reader Bookshop
Michelle Law and Rebecca Starford in conversation with Krissy Kneen.
The 2017 Stella Prize Longlist
Welcome to our February round-up!
This year we’re taking FWF on the road, with planned events in Brisbane, Lismore, Canberra and Melbourne. We’ll be talking about nasty women, and how to give up the “good girl”, as well as running intensive skill-share sessions and writing workshops with stellar feminist writers. We’ll be announcing specifics in the coming weeks – as an enews subscriber you’ll be the first to know. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages too, and of course, let your friends know!
Women writers win big at the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
Women writers win big at the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – there’s lots to celebrate in this year’s PM’s Literary Awards, with loads of women receiving accolades from the office of the top job. Sally Morgan won the children’s fiction category for Sister Heart, Karen Lamb and Sheila Fitzpatrick shared the non-fiction prize, while Lisa Gorton and Charlotte Wood were awarded joint first place for the fiction category. You can read Wood’s powerful acceptance speech here.
The Place of Terrorism in Australia – in the Sydney Review of Books, Ali Cobby Eckermann asks us to look closely at prejudice against Indigenous Australians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Magnolia Maymuru. Photo: Sam Tabone/WireImage
We are delighted to announce some late additions to our Networking Day program. Penni Russon will join Merlinda Bobis and Emma Ashmere for our session on Feminism Through Fiction, and Louise Taylor will now chair our session on Writing Politics, Writing Feminism, with Evelyn Araluen, Jenna Price and Clementine Ford. We regret to announce that Anna Spargo-Ryan will be unable to join us this year.
We have updated our website to better recognise our supporters. You will now find a list of our wonderful Friends of the Festival, and separate acknowledgements of our Partners, Sponsors and Volunteers.
Tickets to our Networking Day on 26 August are almost sold out. If you or someone you know are hoping to attend then please get in quick!
Lucy Treloar and Fiona Wright. Photo: Edwina Pickles (Sydney Morning Herald)
We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to Fiona Wright for winning the Kibble Award for her brilliant book Small Acts of Disappearance. Fiona will appear at FWF’s session ‘The politics of personal writing’, along with Maria Tumarkin and Stephanie Convery. Congratulations also to Lucy Treloar, whose novel Salt Creek was awarded the Dobbie Prize for a debut author.
This week, Feminartsy spoke to Amy Middleton, founding editor of Archer magazine, about what it’s like running a publication with a unique focus on sexuality, gender and identity. Amy will appear at FWF’s session ‘Queer, transgender & feminist writing’, along with Alison Evans and Alyena Mohummadally.