Launched in Melbourne in 2016, and running annually since, the Feminist Writers Festival is finally heading to Sydney for the first time on November 1–3. The impressive three-day program will take over UTS's Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building and features 12 sessions with over 40 of Australia's leading feminist thinkers and writers.
In an effort to promote and support female-identifying writers within Australia, the festival will see speakers come together in panel discussions and workshops focusing on activism, fiction and the intersectional lives of women. Session topics include 'finding and sustaining a feminist voice', 'writing and speaking indigenous lives', 'domestic violence and the law' and 'words for the feminist activist'.
Big names include legal writer Larissa Behrendt, commentator Anita Heiss, independent editor Zoya Patel (founder of Feminartsy), Fairfax columnist Jenna Price, renowned novelist Rebecca Shaw, essayist Alison Whittaker and poet Fiona Wright.