Due to personal reasons, Alison Whittaker is no longer able to deliver the F Word Address on this date. We hope Alison’s address will be rescheduled in early 2019.
The F Word Address is our annual talk from an outstanding Australian woman on a pressing feminist issue. This year, our speaker is the phenomenal Alison Whittaker: poet, essayist, legal scholar and Gomeroi woman.
Whittaker’s address will focus on criminal justice and the links between incarceration and gendered violence. Prison numbers for both men and women are swelling dramatically across the country. Between 2007 and 2017, the total number of women in prison in Australia increased by 77%. Indigenous women are the fastest growing segment in Australia’s prison population.
In a 30-minute talk, followed by a short interview and audience Q&A, Whittaker will discuss the sentencing and policing changes that have triggered these skyrocketing rates. She’ll outline the feminist case against the imprisonment of women, especially Indigenous women, within the context of gendered violence. She’ll also discuss alternatives, beyond prison, for perpetrators of violence against women.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi multitasker. Between 2017–2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Alison is a Senior Researcher at the Jumbunna Institute at UTS.
Her debut poetry collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, was awarded the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship in 2015. Her latest poetry collection, Blakwork, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and won the QLA Judithe Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection. She is the editor of the anthology Fire Front: First Nations poetry and power today.
Alison was also the co-winner of the 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for ‘Many Girls White Linen’. She was the Indigenous Poet-in-Residence for the 2018 Queensland Poetry Festival.