Festival Program


The Menagerie of Imagination

Sat 25 Aug, 10am
Animal Church at 524 Flinders

Which furry, feathered or four-legged friend inspires your writing? Hear writers Ceridwen Dovey, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen and Ashleigh Young read work inspired by the animal kingdom, exploring the timeless connection between literature and animals. With Rafeif Ismail.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Ceridwen Dovey grew up in South Africa and Australia. She is an anthropologist and author of the novel Blood Kin, which won South Africa's most prestigious literary award, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Her novel was also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Australia-Asia Literary Award, and longlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger.

Rafeif Ismail is the winner of the 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing. Her work has been published by Margaret River Press, Fremantle Press, Mascara Literary Review and Djed Press.

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Melbourne-based Vietnamese-Australian writer and bookseller, and the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Feminist Writers Festival. She is a former Daily Life columnist and has been featured in publications including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Rookie and Frankie.

Ashleigh Young is an essayist, poet, and editor. She is the author of the poetry collection Magnificent Moon (Victoria University Press, 2012) and the essay collection Can You Tolerate This?, which won a Windham-Campbell Literature Prize from Yale University in 2017.

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