FWF Round-Up: July 2017


We’re thrilled to be returning to our roots for another collaboration with Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday 26 August. Feminist Lit Then & Now features Emily Maguire, Melissa Lucashenko and Natalie Kon-yu discussing feminist writing past, present and future, chaired by Sophie Cunningham.

Stay tuned for our announcement of life writing and op-ed workshops in Melbourne and Canberra in October.

FWF Round-Up: June 2017


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 Round-Up: May 2017


The next Feminist Writers Festival event is fast approaching – a frank and funny conversation with iconic journalist and staunch feminist Tracey Spicer. Join us on Sunday 4 June at Lismore City Hall, where FWF founder and co-chair Cristy Clark will chat with Tracey about her journey from bogan to boned and beyond. Tickets are available now and selling fast – be sure to let any feminist friends in the Northern Rivers know!

And if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Tracey’s fabulous memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare, you can find it at your local independent bookstore or read an extract via the Sydney Morning Herald

FWF Round-Up: April 2017


It was such a pleasure to get our nasty woman on this month, with our first events for 2017. At our sold out “Giving up the Good Girl” conversations, Angela Pippos, Jamila Rizvi and Krissy Kneen joined Veronica Sullivan in Melbourne, while Rebecca Starford and Michelle Law chatted with Krissy Kneen in Brisbane.

Big thanks to our partners: Queen Victoria Women’s CentreAvid Reader Bookshop and Readings.

We are delighted to announce our next event in Lismore on Sunday 4 June: Tracey Spicer: The Good Girl Stripped Bare. Tracey will be in conversation with FWF Co-Chair Cristy Clark about her memoir, presented in partnership with NORPA.

FWF Round-Up: March 2017


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.

FWF Round-Up: February 2017

The 2017 Stella Prize Longlist books in a stack

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!

FWF Round-up: January 2017


10 Overlooked Books by Women from 2016, via LitHub

Recommended Reading

Making Art from the Outside – On LitHub, Ellena Savage ruminates on making money from art, when making art leaves one on the outside.

The Importance of Telling Women’s Stories – In this interview for the Victorian Women’s Trust, Lauren Meath talks with award-winning producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker) about her insider’s view of gender bias in film.

Best Feminist Books of 2016 – according to us!


It’s been a huge year of wonderful books by women, so here are a few of our favourite feminist reads from 2016 to add to your summer reading pile, as recommended by Feminist Writers Festival artists and the FWF team!


Maxine Beneba Clarke

Sally Morgan’s young adult fiction book Sister Heart and Alison Whittaker’s stunning poetry book Lemons in The Chicken Wire both latched onto my heart this year and wouldn’t let go. Zoë Morrison’s debut fiction book Music and Freedom explores domestic violence and artistic passion with extraordinary sensitivity. Kate Tempest’s The Bricks That Built The Houses is in my view a book that has no comparison. Tempest’s words, in long-form prose, sing and weep and roar off the page in much the same way her spoken word reaches the ear, which is an incredible feat indeed.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a member of the FWF steering committee and the author of The Hate Race and Carrying the World.

FWF Round-up: November 2016


Women writers win big at the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Recommended Reading

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.

ali-cobby-eckermann-headshotThe Place of Terrorism in Australia – in the Sydney Review of Books, Ali Cobby Eckermann asks us to look closely at prejudice against Indigenous Australians.

FWF Round-up: October 2016

Recommended Reading

Australia could learn a lot if it actually listened to Indigenous women on domestic violence – Progressive Aboriginal feminists have made persistent efforts to bring domestic violence issues to the attention of the Australian public. The failure of Warren Mundine, and many others, to listen to them reflects deep sexism and racism, writes Celeste Liddle.

The times are not a-changin’? – However you feel about Bob Dylan’s Nobel win, it’s difficult to ignore the gender issue. Jenna Price points out that just 5% of all Nobel Prize winners have been women, and Natalie Kon-yu argues that the decision to honour a white, established male over many accomplished females is anything but revolutionary. This graph of gender ratios across Nobel Prize categories exposes startling male bias.

The malice and sexism behind the ‘unmasking’ of Elena Ferrante – If you’re girlcotting the ‘outing’ of Ferrante, read no further. Jeanette Winterson explores the misogynistic sentiment at the heart of Claudio Gatti’s exposition, and this fantastic piece from Lili Loofbourow looks at the concept of ‘naming’ and its importance in the way we receive and interpret works of art.