MWF Schools - Secondary Program
Growing Up Disabled in AustraliaThu 9 Sep, 10.01am
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Goldfields Theatre
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
Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm/Melbourne. He’s written for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Hard Quiz and Get Krack!n; developed a play—Lame—for MTC First Stage, was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and has been published in ACMI Ideas, un. Magazine, Art + Australia, Archer and more.
Lucy Carpenter is an aspiring writer who has just completed her secondary education and hopes to continue her studies and work in the media industry.
Carly Findlay OAM is a writer, speaker and appearance activist. She is the author of memoir Say Hello and the editor of Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She has been published by the ABC and CNN, and in The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Vogue.
Jess McGuire is a DJ, writer, broadcaster, MC and trivia host based in Melbourne. She appears weekly on ABC Local Radio as a cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She was a former co-host on Triple R’s Breakfasters.