Festival Program


A Toast: Carly Findlay’s Dream Dinner Party

Sat 1 Sep, 10am
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

The table’s set, and writer and activist Carly Findlay has put together her dream guest list of attendees. She’ll be joined by writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied, broadcaster Namila Benson, educator Nic Holas and journalist Beverley Wang to explore media and the balance of power.

This session is $22/$19.

In this series, four MWF favourites answer the age-old question: Who would you invite to your Dream Dinner Party?


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Yassmin Abdel-Magied asks questions. She questions why we don’t hear more diverse voices in our communities, in our politics and in the media. She leads by example, breaking moulds and smashing stereotypes at every opportunity. Abdel-Magied is an author, a mechanical engineer, a highly articulate social commentator and raving petrol-head who founded the not-for-profit Youth Without Borders at age 16.

Namila Benson is a broadcaster, media trainer, ghostwriter and ABC RN producer. Working across multiple media platforms for 25 years, she continues to spark vital public conversations around race, culture, decolonisation and identity politics. Benson mentors young people from diverse backgrounds in the early stages of their media careers and runs podcasting and radio training workshops.

Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance. Findlay writes a blog and has written for Daily Life, Mamamia, The Guardian, ABC’s Ramp Up, The Mighty and BlogHer.

Nic Holas is a writer, activist and co-founder of The Institute of Many, Australia's largest grassroots movement for people living with HIV. His writing on HIV/AIDS, queer politics, human rights and pop culture has appeared in The Lifted Brow, ABC publications, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Archer Magazine, Junkee and more. Holas has also been published in a number of literary anthologies.

Beverley Wang is the co-host of Stop Everything! on ABC Radio National, which explores the politics of the pop culture that consumes us, and creator and host of It's Not A Race, a popular ABC podcast on race. From 2012-2017 she was the Executive Producer of RN Drive.

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