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The Mother Load: Motherhood, Trauma and Resilience

This conversation originally scheduled to take place on Monday 2 August will now be released as a podcast only. This is in response to current health advice and restrictions on interstate travel.  While it is unfortunate that we can't present this conversation in person we invite you to subscribe to the Wheeler Centre podcast to hear this conversation.

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What happens when trauma intersects with motherhood – and how do mothers and children find the strength to endure, survive and thrive? 

 In her memoir The Mother Wound, artist, lawyer and advocate Amani Haydar tells the heartbreaking story of her mother’s death through a brutal act of violence perpetrated by her father. Award-winning writer Alice Pung’s latest novel, One Hundred Days, examines the faultlines of love and control in a complex mother-daughter relationship.

Both women are mothers themselves, and write with nuance and compassion about the intersections and complexities of culture, class, and family. In this Broadly Speaking event, Haydar and Pung will discuss the extraordinary resilience mothers and children demonstrate in the face of trauma with host Susan Carland.

Content warning: This event includes discussion of family violence and other topics audience members may find confronting.

The bookseller for this event is Neighbourhood Books.

 The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

Who?

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 Amani Haydar

Amani Haydar

Amani Haydar is an award-winning artist, lawyer, mum and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney. In 2018 Amani’s self-portrait titled Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Since then, her writing and illustrations have been published in Arab, Australian, Other, Sweatshop Women Volume Two, SBS Voices and ABC News Online. In 2020 Amani was a Finalist for the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award and was named Local Woman of the Year for Bankstown in recognition of her advocacy against domestic violence. Amani serves on the board of the Bankstown Women’s Health Centre and uses visual art and writing to explore the personal and political dimensions of abuse, loss, identity and resilience.

Portrait of Susan Carland

Susan Carland

Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University, and is a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow and a Churchill fellow, researching the intersection between gender, Islamophobia, and social cohesion. Susan hosted the television quiz show Child Genius, and currently hosts the podcast What Happens Next? Her first book, Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism, was published by Melbourne University Publishing. She is a columnist for Sunday Life in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and her writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Age, The Saturday Paper, The Conversation, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Australian Vogue, The Quarterly Essay, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.

Broadly Speaking

Join us for Broadly Speaking – a series of deep dives into feminism and gender. Featuring brilliant local and international feminist thinkers talking culture, media, matriarchy, law, health, sex, sovereignty and more. 

Building on conversations begun at Broadside festival in 2019, we’ll bring contemporary feminist discussions to you, wherever you are. Tune in to Broadly Speaking for talks that’ll feed your curiosity and expand your thinking.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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