Festival Program

Highlight Event

With Love, Me

Sun 1 Sep, 1pm
The Capitol

What was the something or someone who changed the way you love and see the world? Was it a song, a moment, a person, the hint of a scent? Four artists write a tribute to one of their personal magical shifts, celebrating life’s sudden U-turns and the occasionally shocking changes in direction for our hearts. Featuring Jax Jacki Brown, Jane Caro, Samia Khatun, and Omar Sakr.

This session is Auslan interpreted.


1 hour

Available on Pass



Session Artists

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ rights activist, writer and public speaker. They have been published in print and online widely, most recently in Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories from Walker Books and the soon to be released Growing up Queer in Australia from Black Inc.

Jane Caro is a Walkley Award-winning columnist, author, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She has published twelve books, including three novels: Just a GirlJust a Queen, and Just Flesh & Blood; and a memoir, Plain Speaking Jane. Her latest book is Accidental Feminists.

Samia Khatun is a historian whose documentaries have screened on SBS-TV and ABC-TV. Born in Dhaka and educated in Sydney, she has held research fellowships in Berlin, New York and Melbourne. She has recently been appointed senior lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Judith Wright Calanthe award. His new book is The Lost Arabs.

Michael Williams is the director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the head of programming before being appointed as director in 2011.

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