Festival Program

Special Event

The Literary Body

Fri 31 Aug, 7.30pm
State Library of Victoria

In a world where women’s bodies are constantly politicised, MWF hosts a night of naturist spoken word performances and discussions in response to famous feminist texts in the hallowed library from Maude Davey, Krissy Kneen, Miss Jane Doe, Leisa Prowd and Frankie Valentine. Shed your clothes at the door.

18+ women only event. Audience and performers will be naked.

Please note: To support the creative integrity of this event, clothing is not permitted once in the designated space which has a capacity of only 30 people. The Literary Body is attributed for ‘women only’ as it is important to us that MWF events feel safe for all attendees. However, we are also proudly inclusive which means anyone who is female-identifying is welcome to attend.

This session involves a walking tour, and is largely standing. Please let us know if you require seating or have other mobility requirements. 

This session is $30/$27. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


2 hours

Session code





Session Artists

Maude Davey is an actor, writer and director with her primary focus being the creation of new work. She's worked a lot in variety and neo-burlesque as well as in film and TV. Highlights include her acclaimed solo show My Life In The Nude on stage, and Summer Heights High on screen.

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.

Miss Jane Doe is a performance artist, producer, dance teacher and gym rat. She has been entertaining audiences for 10 years and counting, known as Australia's First Lady of Fierce, spreading her passion of self love and women supporting women. Miss Jane Doe is a force to be reckoned with!

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