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Drop by our creative spaces and hang out with our Broadside guests for a chat, some inspiration or even to learn a new skill.You’re welcome to use the area as you wish and get into it as much or as little as you like. 

Secret Soapbox with Aminatou Sow

Podcast host Aminatou Sow invites you to drop by her booth and record yourself anonymously answering three questions on subjects like friendship, feminism, and fear. Your answers will be compiled together for a special podcast episode released after the festival. To take part, all you need to do is come say hi!

Feminist Post Office with Karen Pickering

Take a break from the action to drop by our letter writing station, where feminist organiser Karen Pickering will be on hand to offer prompts and support to help you make your way through. Letters will be shared after the event for everyone to read and enjoy.

D.I.Y. Zines with Eloise Grills

Love to make zines, or keen to learn how? Illustrator Eloise Grills in on board to share tips, advice and templates to help you commit all your amazing visual ideas to paper.

Blackout Poetry with Denise Chapman

A blackout poem is like a sculpture. You begin with a slab and carve away parts until only the pieces you want remain. Working with words and a marker as your tools, you take existing text (say, a newspaper article), and black out sections and sentences until a new, original work emerges. Come join spoken word artist Denise Chapman to collaborate on a series of blackout poems across the day.


Aminatou Sow

‘When you talk about a lack of “insert minority” into “insert any industry”, what you’re also saying is that you’re not willing to support the people who are actually there.’ Aminatou Sow is a writer and cultural commentator. She co-hosts with Ann Friedman the hit podcast Call Your ... Read more

Karen Pickering

Karen Pickering is a feminist writer and organiser. Her previous work includes running the events Cherchez La Femme and Girls On Film Festival, writing the books About Bloody Time and Doing It, and her next book on motherhood shock and the resulting trauma will be published by Pantera Press. She is ... Read more

Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is a writer and visual artist living on Dja Dja Wurrung land. Her collection of illustrated nonfiction, big beautiful female theory, was shortlisted for the 2023 Stella Prize and the Indie Book Award for Illustrated Nonfiction.

Denise Chapman

Dr Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, spoken word poet, and critical autoethnographer who lectures in children’s literature, early literacy, and inclusive children’s media at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Chapman has served as a literacy specialist focused on criti... Read more


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