at The Wheeler Centre

Leading the Charge: Climate Change, Disability and Storytelling

Climate change is hitting some of us harder than others. For people with disability, it brings a unique set of potential impacts and consequences, from shelter and news accessibility during extreme weather events to sustainable housing and migration restrictions. 

In this conversation, our panellists will discuss inclusion and access in the context of the climate crisis. Is the global climate justice movement adequately attuned to the varying needs of people with disability? 

How can disabled writers and artists use storytelling to re-centre climate change discussion and strategy? And how might people with disability be especially well equipped to lead discussions of – and find solutions to – questions of climate adaptation, access and resilience, for themselves and for everybody? 

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Drinks available for purchase on the night.

Presented in partnership with The Other Film Festival & Arts Access Victoria with the support of City of Melbourne and Screen Australia.

This event will be Auslan interpreted and live-captioned.

Leading the Charge: Climate Change, Disability and Storytelling


Portrait of Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson has worked in call centres, libraries, and as a creative writing tutor, and lives in Castlemaine, Dja Dja Wurrung country. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and Australia, and co-edited disability-themed issues for both Southerly and Australian Poetry Journal. Andy's most recent collection, Music our bodies can't hold (Hunter Publishers, 2017), consists of portrait poems of other people with Marfan Syndrome, and his new collection Human looking is forthcoming. 

Portrait of Lefa Singleton Norton

Lefa Singleton Norton

Lefa Singleton Norton is a writer and activist in the fields of feminism and disability. She has been a creative producer at Express Media, an award-winning producer of live performances, and appeared at festivals including the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers’ Festival and the Symposium on Emerging Media. You can find her writing in publications such as The Noobs, The Emerging Writer, SBS, the Big Issue and Green magazine.

Portrait of CB Mako

CB Mako

CB Mako is a non-fiction, fiction, and fan-fiction writer. Winner of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition, shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards – QUT Digital Literature Award, the Overland Fair Australia Prize, and longlisted for the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize, cubbie has been published in the Suburban Review, The Lifted Brow, Mascara Literary Review, Peril Magazine, The Victorian Writer, Djed Press and Overland.

cubbie has performed as artist and panelist at Emerging Writers' Festival, Digital Writers Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Melbourne Writers Festival. cubbie's works will be in the Liminal Fiction Prize Anthology (Brow Books, 2020) and Growing Up Disabled in Australia (Black Inc. Books, 2020).

Portrait of Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay

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 in the ABC, the Guardian, the Age, the Sydney Morning HeraldCNN and Vogue.

Portrait of Fiona Tuomy

Fiona Tuomy

Fiona Tuomy is an inclusive storytelling specialist – an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and developer working across storytelling genres and platforms. A graduate of AFTRS, where she made a series of celebrated short films with fellow students including Samantha Lang, Tony McNamara and Warwick Thornton. A creative collaborator with the late Brad McGann, Fiona worked closely with him on the development of his internationally award-winning feature film In My Father’s Den. Fiona is writer and director of the acclaimed ABC TV documentary Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip and to research this project received a Creative Fellowship from State Library Victoria. 


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