Festival Program

City Program

Australia and the End of Empire

Sat 4 Sep, 4pm
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Two authors confront the impossibility of untangling the enduring racism of Australia without seriously reckoning with the ongoing dispossession and genocide of First Nations people. Join on-stage participant Gunai/Kurnai writer Veronica Heritage-Gorrie (Black and Blue) and activist and thinker Randa Abdel-Fattah (Coming of Age in the War on Terror)—appearing live via video—as they examine how modern-day racism is bound to the violence and traumas of colonisation, and how we can forge a path forward. With on-stage moderator Roj Amedi.


1 hour


Event artists

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an academic in the Sociology Department at Macquarie University, a former lawyer, the mother of four children, and the award-winning author of 11 novels, published and translated in over 20 countries. Her latest book is Coming of Age in the War on Terror.

Roj Amedi is a writer, strategist and community organiser. She's the chair of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and Overland Journal. Roj is a Kurdish woman from Iraq who sought refuge in Australia in the 1990s—an experience that has influenced her life's work towards economic and racial justice.

Veronica Heritage-Gorrie is a proud Gunai/Kurnai woman.  Her first book Black and Blue was published in March 2021 by Scribe Publications. She is passionate about and skilled in writing memoir, and is excited to extend this to film writing.

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