Don’t miss out on our workshops in Melbourne this coming weekend. While our Feminist Opinion Writing workshop with Van Badham has sold out, there are still a few spots left for the morning workshop Writing Life, Writing Self with the wonderful Carly Findlay – but be quick!

FWF will be heading to Canberra in October. Jessica Friedmann will share memoir tips and tricks in the Writing Life, Writing Self workshop on Sunday 8 October, and Shu-Ling Chua, Rosanna Stevens and our own Louise Taylor will talk Giving Up the Good Girl later in the month.

We’re also thrilled to introduce the FWF Q&A: a monthly interview series with Australian feminist writers. First up, we have the brilliant Amal Awad (above), whose recent book, Beyond Veiled Clichés, explores the truths behind widespread stereotypes about Arab women. Read our interview with her now.


Angela Savage has been appointed as the new director of Writers Victoria, and we can’t wait to see all the fantastic things she’ll bring to the organisation.

Congratulations to Josephine Wilson, who has won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Extinctions.

Recommended Reading

What’s So Great About ‘Traditional Marriage’ Anyway?Monica Campo asks us to think critically about how marriage affects women. Meanwhile, Genevieve Callaghan examines hypocrisy within the ‘yes’ camp, and says: Don’t invite me to your straight wedding.

An Interview with Dr Kim Peters – In the latest from Hot Chicks with Big Brains, Anna Apuli speaks to psychological researcher Dr Kim Peters about the effects of gender bias on women in the workplace.

Reinvigorating focus on women in leadership – Read a recap of the indefatigable Natasha Stott Despoja AM’s speech at the launch of BroadAgenda’s 50/50 by 2030 Foundation.

A Regular Choreography – In this gripping personal essay, Fiona Wright looks at time, travel and the body for The Sydney Review of Books.

Testosterone Rex triumphs as Royal Society science book of the yearClaire Armitstead takes a look at Cordelia Fine’s latest prize-winning book, which explains why there are no essential male or female characteristics.

Our right to choose denied by men who think they know bestMichaela Healy reports on voluntary assisted dying and its effect on women, for Women’s Agenda.

Recommended Listening

In the latest episode of ABC Radio National’s new podcast, Ladies, We Need to Talk, Yumi Stynes talks to Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM to answer all your vagina-related questions. In detail.

The Ballarat Arts Academy and the BallaRat Pack Orchestra got together and made this incredible musical statement in support of marriage equality.

Upcoming Events

October 4, Bendigo – Join Professor Diane Kirkby for Women in Pubs: a free theatrical pub crawl celebrating the history of Aussie women.

October 6–8, MelbourneGirls on Film Festival is back with its signature blend of movies, parties and feminism.

October 7, Adelaide – If you’re keen on writing and talking about books, head over to this event at the SA Writers Centre with Kerryn Goldsworthy.

October 11, Brisbane – For comedy fans, Bec Mac is hosting Women Write Comedy at Avid Reader with some of our favourite funny women Anna Daniels, Claire Christian and Michelle Law.

October 17, Perth – The State Library of Western Australia’s In Plain Sight exhibition imagines what queer relationships looked like through its historical photographic collection.

November 3, Ballarat – Join in the international phenomenon that is Reclaim the Night, for a local march and rally that recognises and resists the global epidemic of violence against women.

Until November 19, SydneyHave You Seen My Emily? is a digital exhibition at Casula Powerhouse by Wiradjuri conceptual artist Amala Groom, imagining a conversation between herself and the wife of a former prime minister.


Get your pitches in for Reading Victoria – an initiative from the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature seeking pieces in all genres, inspired by Victorian suburbs and towns. Closes October 2.

Disclaimer Mag is on the look-out for political essays and commentary, as well as cover artwork.

Add yourself to the Victorian Women’s Trust’s Directory of Women, to help expose programmers and event planners to more women with expertise. No more all-male panels!

HerSpace is seeking long-term volunteers to support girls and women affected by sexual exploitation.

Online publication Outskirts Journal is calling for scholarly feminist articles or book reviews.

What We’re Reading

In fiction this month, Odette Kelada’s Drawing Sybylla looks at the history of struggle that women writers have faced in Australia. The wonderful Jane Harper follows up her blockbuster debut, The Dry, with her new crime novel Force of Nature. If you’re after new short stories, Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark by Catherine Cole will scratch your itch. And Kaz Cooke’s new novel Ada is a historical feast with all the wit and humour her fans have come to expect.

In nonfiction, Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli’s graphic memoir, Eyes Too Dry, examines depression and friendship; Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner examines the extraordinary life of Sandra Pankhurst, a woman who heals decay and disaster; Lisa Dempster’s account of her incredible 1200km trek through Japan, Neon Pilgrim, has just been reissued; and Leigh Sales argues for equivocation in her (also newly-reissued) personal essay, On Doubt.

For younger readers, check out the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2017 winner, A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee. And in kids’ books, Melbourne comedian Nelly Thomas has announced Some Kids Books, a new series of early childhood books challenging gender stereotypes.

And Finally…

Congratulations to the winners of this month’s FWF giveaway.

Marissa, Amy, Shelley, Jem and Kate have each won a copy of Jamila Rizvi’s fabulous new book Not Just Lucky, thanks to Penguin Books Australia.

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