Festival Program


The Opposite of Love

Sat 31 Aug, 4pm
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

How do those in the public line of fire cope with online vitriol, death threats and emotional labour? Writer and sociologist Randa Abdel-Fattah, troll hunter Ginger Gorman and former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane speak to self-protection and resilience. With Amy Gray.

Contains discussion about bullying.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a critical race scholar in Macquarie University’s Sociology Department. A former lawyer, she’s also a multi-award winning author of eleven books and is published in over twenty countries. Her debut novel, Does My Head Look Big In This?, is being adapted as a feature film.

Ginger Gorman is a fearless and multi award-winning social justice journalist. She has an innate ability to connect and communicate with some of the most interesting and marginalised people in our community. Ginger works hard to translate those untold stories into powerful journalism and is author of the best-selling book Troll Hunting.

Amy Gray is a Melbourne-based writer who focuses on feminism, politics, culture and memoir. Her work has been published widely, including in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, ABC, SBS and The Lifted Brow.

Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist and human rights advocate. He is professor of practice at the University of Sydney, and was Australia's race discrimination commissioner from 2013 to 2018. He is the author of five books, most recently On Hate.

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