Festival Program

City Program

Young and Muslim in Australia

Sun 5 Sep, 10am
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Activist, academic and author Randa Abdel-Fattah (Coming of Age in the War on Terror) and Miles Franklin–shortlisted novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Other Half of You) take to the stage for a powerful dialogue on identity, xenophobia and the lives of young Australian Muslims. Drawing insight from their latest books, the duo speak with Tasneem Chopra about the crossroads of family, faith and tradition, and the experiences of a generation socialised in a climate of Islamophobia and rising polarisation.


1 hour


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Randa Abdel-Fattah is an academic in the Sociology Department at Macquarie University, a former lawyer, the mother of four children, and the award-winning author of 11 novels, published and translated in over 20 countries. Her latest book is Coming of Age in the War on Terror.

Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and the award-winning author of The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014) and The Lebs (Hachette, 2018). His latest novel is The Other Half of You (Hachette, 2021).

A cross-cultural consultant, Tasneem addresses cultural competence across many sectors. She applies an intersectional lens to professional engagement to create inclusive environments, challenging systems that discriminate, and championing their reform. As an author, she centres issues of identity, race and gender inequity from a lived experience.

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