Festival Program


When We Talk About Family

Sun 8 Sep, 4pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

‘Family’ often means much more than blood ties – it can refer to our comrades-in-arms, our chosen heart squad, our community, our neighbourhood. Carly Findlay, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Mandy Ord and Corey White explain what this big, complicated word means to them.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Sam Cooney runs independent book press Brow Books and quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow. He is a current AMP ‘Tomorrow Maker’, an Australian Book Industry Awards ‘Rising Star’ finalist, and a member of the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature’s Strategic Planning Group.

Carly Findlay is a writer, speaker and appearance activist, writing about disability and appearance diversity for her blog and the media. Her first book, Say Hello, was released in January 2019. She is also editing Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She has a Master of Communication.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s novel, Kintu, won the Kwani-Manuscript Project in 2013. Her short story, ‘Let’s Tell This Story Properly’, won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her collection of short stories, Manchester Happened, comes out in May 2019. A recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize 2018. She lectures at Manchester Metropolitan university.

Mandy Ord is a cartoonist and the author of When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over published by Brow Books. She has a long history in self publishing and illustrating, as well as having a number of other published books. Mandy's passion for comics is sweet and intense.

Corey White is an award-winning stand-up comedian, creator of ABC TV’s Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise and author of The Prettiest Horse In The Glue Factory, a memoir spanning his experiences growing up in foster care to becoming one of the most potent new voices in Australian comedy.

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