Snap up a saving with our MWF $15 Hot Tix! We’ll be releasing discounted tickets to select sessions each day over the Festival’s final weekend. Available both online and from our box office – don’t miss out on our city-wide rejuvenation of the heart.
Choice Words: Writing About Abortion
Friday 6 September, 10.00am
Louise Swinn’s Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion sees a range of artists recount personal stories of abortion. It is ‘a celebration of how far we’ve come, an electrifying caterwaul at how far we still have to go’. Featuring contributors Tony Birch, Melanie Cheng, and Amy Gray.
The Child Within
Friday 6 September, 11.30am
Peggy Frew’s Islands, Peter Fenton’s The Days of In Between, Carrie Tiffany’s Exploded View, and multiple works by author Alice Pung present characters written from a child’s viewpoint. They speak with Demet Divaroren about writing from a young perspective.
Corey White: The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory
Friday 6 September, 1pm
Comedian Corey White has survived family trauma, foster care, boarding school and drug addiction. His memoir decribes the raw details, along with the internal reserves he drew on to survive and eventually thrive. White is in frank and fearless conversation with Sarah Krasnostein.
Reckoning With the Past
Friday 6 September, 2.30pm
Future D Fidel’s Prize Fighter is based on his childhood experience of escaping war in DRC, while Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu examines Ugandan history via the story of a cursed family. They discuss the importance of the past in our emotional truth with Sista Zai Zanda.
Creative Love Affairs
Friday 6 September, 4pm
Some of the best partnerships in art come with complex backstories, while others just flow. Hear from John Connolly (he) on Stan Laurel, Lesley Harding (Modern Love) on the torrid marriage of John and Sunday Reed, and Colin Lane, of Lano and Woodley fame.
The Road to the Ballot Box
Friday 6 September, 5.30pm
Australia’s lauded reputation with regards to women’s voting rights belies the disenfranchisement many have faced on the basis of class and race. Activist Tarneen Onus Williams, former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe and historian Clare Wright discuss the bumpy road to the ballot box. With Amy Gray.
Friday 6 September, 7pm
Slam-O-Vision, the spoken word version of Eurovision, invites ten of the UNESCO Cities of Literature to compete for a grand worldwide title. Poets in Bucheon, Edinburgh, Iowa City, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Nottingham, Quebec City, Reykjavík, Seattle, Tartu and Utrecht have been competing in their local event. Tonight, the winner is revealed!