Festival Program


Sacred Texts: The Book That Made Me a Better Lover

Fri 31 Aug, 4pm
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

One can’t always rely on late-night furtive Googling to find out how to be a better lover. Nayuka Gorrie, Krissy Kneen, Fiona Patten and William Yang will reveal the books that set them on a path to a more pleasurable intimate life. With Maureen Matthews.

This session is $22/$19.

Do you remember the piece of writing that inspired you to become the person you are today? Explore more of the Sacred Texts series.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance and comedy television writer. Their writing centres on black, feminist and queer politics. They co-wrote and performed in the upcoming third season of Black Comedy.

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir Affection and fiction books An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award–winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC.

Maureen Matthews is a sex educator and columnist. In 1996, she founded Bliss for Women, Melbourne’s first ethical, adult business for women and couples. In 2005 she was invited to write a weekly column in the Sunday Age. ‘About Last Night’ is a Q&A column that focuses on sex and relationships.

Fiona Patten is the leader of the Reason Party and a Victorian Upper House MP. Fiona came to politics after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of organisations involved in the sexual rights movement. Since being elected in 2014, Fiona has campaigned for evidence-based policies including drug law reform, safe access to abortion clinics and voluntary assisted dying.

William Yang is best known as a photographer and a storyteller/ performer. He uses image projection and music in his productions. He has made films of three of his works: My Generation, about the artistic scene in Sydney in the 70s and 80s; Friends of Dorothy, about the LGBTI community in Sydney; and Blood Links, about his Chinese Australian family. These are available from Felix Media.

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