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Yassmin Abdel-Magied: Talking About a Revolution

Sat 10 Sep, 6.30pm

The new essay collection by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Talking About a Revolution draws from hard-won wisdom spanning her years as a youthful grass-roots organiser and oil rig worker, to taking on the heft of the Australian political and media establishment, to building a new life in London as an advocate for transformative justice. Appearing live via video, she speaks with Roj Amedi about her series of essays that unravel the complications of race, language and the climate crisis with characteristic honesty, humour and grace under fire.


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