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Mapping Culture: Lasting Stories

How do we keep track of the stories that make up our lives? The repeated anecdotes among friends, the forgotten memories brought back by chance association, the family histories we’ve never heard before but that make so much sense when we do.

In another instalment of Mapping Culture, writer Alice Pung joins Bec Kavanagh and a special guest, whose work is featured in the exhibition, to discuss the way stories are told and passed on. In this interactive panel, writers and makers will share the stories they’ve collected and inherited, as well as the ones they’re currently shaping. Students are encouraged to bring along writing materials to work on their own stories during the experience.

This event will be followed by an introduction and visit to the Immigration Museum’s Becoming You exhibition, where participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the stories and moments that make up their own lives.

Presented in partnership with the Immigration Museum

These workshops are recommended for students in years 8-10

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Portrait of Alice Pung

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning Australian writer whose books include the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006) and Her Father's Daughter (2011), and the novel Laurinda (2014). She is the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia (2008), and created the Marly books for Penguin's Our Australian Girl series (2015). Her latest book is the novel One Hundred Days (2021).

Portrait of Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne-based writer and academic whose work examines the representation of women’s bodies in literature. She has appeared at the Melbourne and Sydney Writers Festivals and on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.

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Wheeler Education

Being a teenager is all about change. Adolescence is when most of us form a sense of the world, try to find our place in it and (hopefully) have some fun along the way. Beyond what we learn at school, some of our most valuable learning happens when we discover the communities and ideas that connect us.

In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. We’ll explore the challenges facing young people right now, and the bold ways they’re envisioning their own futures. Hear from teens, writers, and educators about their passions, plans, survival tips and more.


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