Festival Program


The Personal is Political: Bri Lee & Zoya Patel

Fri 31 Aug, 11.30am
ACMI The Cube

Authors of two astonishing and raw debut memoirs, Bri Lee and Zoya Patel, discuss the implications of writing on a subject close to your heart, and the way that the personal can be used as a framework to explore systemic issues. With Shu-Ling Chua.

This session is free, no bookings are required.


1 hour

Session code




Nonfiction Inspired



Session Artists

Shu-Ling Chua has written for Feminartsy, Peril Magazine and Meanjin, among others. She is working on a collection of essays on coming of age as a young Asian-Australian woman and is a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. Her work focuses on sex, culture, femininity and growing up.

Bri Lee is a freelance writer and editor. Her first book Eggshell Skull is a memoir of sexism in the justice system. She has written for The Guardian, The VICE Network, and Griffith Review. She was the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellow in 2016 and a Griffith Review Writing Fellow in 2017. She is also the Founding Editor of the quarterly feminist non-fiction print journal Hot Chicks with Big Brains.

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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