Festival Program


Sacred Texts: The Book That Made Me a Feminist

Sun 26 Aug, 11.30am
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

The path to feminism often begins with the powerful act of discovering the right text at the right time. Feminist writers Neko Case, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Michelle Law, Hollie McNish and Emily Nussbaum nominate the novel that set them alight.

This session is $22/$19.

Supported by Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

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


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Session Artists

Neko Case is the consummate career artist – fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Her latest album Hell-On is simultaneously her most accessible and most challenging album in a rich and varied career that has offered plenty of both.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of memoir The Hate Race, short fiction collection Foreign Soil, picture book The Patchwork Bike, and poetry collection Carrying The World. She writes for The Saturday Paper, and was the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017.

Michelle Law is a writer working across film, theatre and print. Her debut play Single Asian Female was staged at La Boite Theatre Company and Belvoir St Theatre Company to sold out audiences. Homecoming Queens, the web series she co-created, co-wrote and acted in, premiered on SBS On Demand this year.

Hollie McNish is a poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She loves writing and has published three poetry collections: Cherry Pie, Papers and Plum. She has also published a memoir of poetry and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, with which she won the Ted Hughes award. Her play Offside, a history of women's football, co-written with Sabrina Mahfouz, is currently on tour in the UK.

Emily Nussbaum is the television critic for The New Yorker. She previously was a writer and an editor for New York Magazine, where she created the Approval Matrix. She has also written for The New York Times and Slate, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

Zoya Patel founded Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. She has been writing about feminist issues since the age of 15, and has had work published in a number of publications. Her debut book, No-Country Woman will be released by Hachette Australia in August 2018.

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