Festival Program


A Better World Starts Here

Sat 1 Sep, 7pm
Mission to Seafarers Chapel

Human rights activists and writers Rafeif Ismail, Sisonke Msimang, Samah Sabawi and Saba Vasefi share their ideas for a better world, spanning issues of race, gender, democracy, built environments and the formation of community.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Supported by PEN Melbourne


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Rafeif Ismail is the winner of the 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing. Her work has been published by Margaret River Press, Fremantle Press, Mascara Literary Review and Djed Press.

Sisonke Msimang was born in exile to South African parents and raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada before studying in the US as an undergraduate. She now lives in Perth, where she is the head of oral storytelling at the Centre for Stories.

Samah Sabawi is a poet and playwright. Her work includes Tales of a City by the Sea, winner of Drama Victoria awards for Best Publication and Best Production, I Remember My Name, winner of Palestine Book Awards and Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diaspora, winner of Patrick O'Neill Award.

Saba Vasefi is a multi-award winning artist, filmmaker, poet. She is researching her PhD on Exilic Feminist Cinema Studies and teaching at Macquarie University. She writes for The Guardian on women and children issues in the Nauru detention centre. Her poems have appeared internationally in a variety of journals including Transnational Literature and Wasafiri Magazine of International Contemporary Writing in UK. She was twice a judge for the Sedigheh Dolatabadi Book Prize for the best literature on women’s issues.

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