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The F Word Address: Caroline Wilson
At the first F Word Address in November – the Wheeler Centre's inaugural feminist year in review – Caroline Wilson reflects on the year that was. How have the last 12 months altered or entrenched her personal sense of feminism? How do milestones, such as the launch of the AFL Women’s League this year, bolster her sense of progress? What does she see as the wins this year for Australian women and what are the ongoing challenges?
Brave, bold and tenacious – Wilson is a star of Australian sports journalism and she knows a thing or two about blazing trails. Who better to deliver the Wheeler Centre’s inaugural F Word Address – an annual event that will be part feminist stocktake, part personal reflection, from an outstanding Australian woman.
Starting her career in the early 1980s, Caroline Wilson has won many significant firsts, including first female recipient of the AFL Gold Media award. In recent years she’s won praise – and gained a few powerful enemies – for her fearless opinion writing on the Essendon supplements scandal. Throughout her career at the Age, she’s won a Walkley Award, a Graham Perkin Award, a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award and if there was an award for staring down reactionary nonsense – she definitely would have won that too.
Caroline Wilson has been chief football writer for the Age since 1999.
Emily Sexton is a former Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.
She was the recipient of a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. Previously, she was Artistic Director of Next Wave (2010–14), where her key achievements were a radical rethink of an arts festival model, and a series of landmark commissions, publications and talks featuring First Nations artists, co-curated with Tony Albert and Tahjee Moar and titled Blak Wave.
In 2013, she was Artistic Director of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations at the Melbourne Recital Centre. She was also Creative Producer for Melbourne Fringe Festival for 2008–10.
Emily has been a proud Board Member for Arena Theatre Company, Snuff Puppets and Theatre Network Victoria, and is alumnus of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Program (2011). She is a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and other philanthropic trusts and foundations. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications, English) from the University of Sydney (2005). She is a regular host and facilitator for writers’ festivals and arts organisations around Australia.