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Mapping Culture: Lasting Stories


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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 and Denise Chapman talk to Bec Kavanagh 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


Alice Pung

Alice Pung OAM is the author of the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her debut novel Laurinda won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW ... Read more

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

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. Bec has judged a number of literary prizes, including the V... Read more


Theatrette, Immigration Museum

400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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