Program Picks: Jamila Rizvi

Jamila Rizvi is the author of Not Just Lucky, a bestselling career manifesto for millennial women and editor of The Motherhood, a new compilation of letters by famous Australian mums. Also a Festival board member, Jamila shares her must-see sessions at MWF19 that speak to her personal and professional experiences.

On Voice and Power
Sunday 8 September, 2.30pm
New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and Windham-Campbell Prize-winner Ali Cobby Eckermann meet to explore how spoken word and poetry can be a means of resistance and connection. They discuss voice as a mode of power with Eleanor Jackson.

JR: As a high school student I rejected poetry, claiming to be interested only in persuasive style writing. Only now as I get older and see how ill-equipped our traditional discussions of politics are, do I realise that poetry could be the answer. This session with Selina Tusitala Marsh is top of my list for inspiring and enraging MWF19 events.

Samer Nashef: The Angina Monologues
Saturday 7 September, 4pm
Author and cardiac surgeon Samer Nashef has had a closer view of our pulsating, vibrant hearts than most. His collection of essays, The Angina Monologues, slices open the emotional truth of dealing with catastrophes when someone’s life is in your hands. With Karen Hitchcock.

JR: Having been seriously ill most of the past two years, writing has emerged as a critical coping mechanism. Through Samer Nashef, I hope to learn about the other side and understand the surgeon’s view. The courage, optimism, determination, skill and indeed, ego, it takes to open someone else’s body and put it back together again in working order… is captivating.

Sexuality and Disability: The Intersection
Friday 6 September, 11.30am
Too often conversations about sex fail to meaningfully address the important intersection between sexuality and disability. Erin KyanCreatrix Tiara and Jessica Walton discuss access to dating and romantic relationships, and ways to open up the paths moving forward. With Jordi Kerr.

JR: The disabled body is too often dismissed as unloveable, and certainly is rarely framed in terms of sexual desire. I am a disabled woman and excited to see others whose experience is akin to my own discuss this somewhat taboo subject. That discussion, in and of itself, makes the subject more openly acceptable and validates the experience of many.