Growing Up Disabled in Australia
Event One | 10–10.45am
One in five Australians have a disability or chronic illness—and yet characters who are disabled or chronically ill are still underrepresented in media and literature. Why is this? And how do we change it?
Writer and activist Carly Findlay OAM is the editor of the Growing Up Disabled in Australia anthology. Here, she speaks with some of its contributors about the power of storytelling as a means for change, and why ensuring our screens and pages reflect the society we live in is so vitally important.
Supported by Vision Australia
Wednesday 8 September:
Alistair Baldwin, Lucy Carpenter
Thursday 9 September:
Cubbie Mako, Jess Knight
A Writer’s Life for Me (and You)
Event Two | 10.45–11.30am
Internationally acclaimed and New York Times–bestselling author of The Other Side of the Sky, Amie Kaufman has made a career out of writing, which makes her the perfect go-to for anyone interested in pursuing the writer’s life themselves.
From her start in fan fiction to creating her own epic worlds, from the day-to-day realities to where she finds her inspiration, join Kaufman as she shares her hard-earned insights into the writer’s life and how to make it work for you.
Gary Lonesborough: The Boy from the Mish
Event Three | 12.30–1.15pm
Yuin writer Gary Lonesborough explores themes of sexuality, identity and the importance of community in his debut The Boy from the Mish, a moving YA novel speckled with a good dose of humour and heart.
In this session, Lonesborough discusses the inspiration behind his book, exploring his own intersecting identities through writing, and the extraordinary power of believing in yourself and your community when faced with the biggest questions of all: who am I? And where do I belong?
Welcome to Consent
Event Four | 1.15–2pm
Consent underpins all types of relationships, from friendship to collegial, platonic to romantic. It is an important topic for everyone to consider, raising questions like: when can I say no? How do I know when to say yes? How do I talk about consent?
Luckily, you’re not alone in figuring out the answers. Welcome to Consent authors Dr Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes will guide you through the issues so that when the time comes, you’ll know what to say and how to say it.