Festival Program

City Program

Facing the Legacy of Colonialism

Sun 5 Sep, 12pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Noongar author Claire G Coleman and polymath writer Alison Croggon share the stage for a discussion of the lasting legacy of the British Empire as ‘one of the biggest machines of violence that has ever existed’. Coleman’s Lies, Damned Lies is a deeply personal exploration of the ongoing trauma of First Nations peoples that illuminates why ‘colonisation is a process, not an event’. Croggon’s Monsters confronts the fictions perpetuated by colonialism and patriarchy, as a direct descendant of those who enacted violence. Leading the panel is Roj Amedi.


1 hour


Event artists

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.

Claire G Coleman is a Noongar woman who writes fiction, essays, poetry and art writing while either living in Naarm (Melbourne) or on the road. Her latest work is Lies, Damned Lies: A personal exploration of the impact of colonisation.

Alison Croggon’s award-winning writing includes novels, poetry, criticism and writing for the theatre. Her most recent book is the creative nonfiction book Monsters (Scribe Publications). She is the arts editor of The Saturday Paper.

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