Festival Program


Arab, Australian, Other

Sat 31 Aug, 1pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Human rights activist and author Randa Abdel-Fattah and refugee advocate and poet Sara Saleh are co-editors of the important new anthology Arab, Australian, Other. They speak with two of the anthology’s contributors and how essential it is for Arab-Australian voices to be amplified.


1 hour

Available on Pass



Session Artists

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a critical race scholar in Macquarie University’s Sociology Department. A former lawyer, she’s also a multi-award winning author of eleven books and is published in over twenty countries. Her debut novel, Does My Head Look Big In This?, is being adapted as a feature film.

Abdulrahman Hammoud is a Melbourne-based poet by way of Lebanon, blessed to have traveled the world to teach and perform. He’s also founder of The Dirty Thirty Writing Challenge and editor/compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology. He’s best known as an avid purveyor of starting books but never finishing them.

Lora Inak is an emerging YA author with a fresh and distinct voice. Her debut contemporary novel, Unspoken Rules, explores themes of cultural conflict, family, identity and belonging. Her creative memoir 'One of a Kind' is soon to be published in an anthology by Pan Macmillan titled Arab, Australian, Other.

Sara Saleh is a poet, writer and activist. A campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice, she has spent the past decade working with NGOs in Australia and across the Middle East. She is currently developing her debut novel, and is a proud Bankstown Poetry Slam ‘Slambassador’. She sits on the board of Getup! and is completing her Juris Doctor.

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