‘Memory is a Creative Act’: A gallery of Broadside 2019 graphic recordings

This past weekend, the Wheeler Centre presented the inaugural Broadside festival of feminist ideas – with a blockbuster line-up of speakers and discussions. Complicated questions were posed. Difficult issues were surfaced. Creativity was celebrated – and deep, independent thinking, too.

Over two long days, a huge range of subjects were talked about. Graphic recorder Sarah Firth offers her summary of the discussions of Broadside 2019 – rendered in full colour and real-time.

Illustrated portraits of Helen Garner and Sarah Krasnostein, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Helen Garner at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Curtis Sittenfeld, Nayuka Gorrie, Michelle Law, Raquel Willis and Ariel Levy, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Who Gave You Permission?: Speaking Up and Speaking Out at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Fatima Bhutto, Intan Paramaditha, Jan Fran and Ruby Hamad, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of A World of Difference: Decolonising Feminism at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Zadie Smith and Jia Tolentino, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Zadie Smith at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Nayuka Gorrie, Bhenji Ra, Ariel Levy, Nicole Lee, Maria Tumarkin, Courtney Barnett, Clare Wright, Patricia Cornelius, Raquel Willis, Fran Kelly, Aretha Brown, Curtis Sittenfeld and Mehreen Faruqi, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Things My Mother Never Told Me at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Aminatou Sow, Jia Tolentino and Jan Fran, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Up Late at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Sisonke Msimang, Fatima Bhutto and Mona Eltahawy, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Necessary Truths: Fatima Bhutto and Mona Eltahawy at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Aminatou Sow and Tressie McMillan Cottom, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Tressie McMillan Cottom at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Jax Jacki Brown, Gala Vanting, Caroline Martin, Nicole Kalms and Jan Fran, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Taking Up Space: Building the City That We Deserve at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth


Illustrated portraits of Santilla Chingaipe, Fatima Bhutto, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Aminatou Sow and Jia Tolentino, with cartoons and quotes reflecting their onstage conversation

Scribe of Rage Against the Machine: Feminism and Capitalism at Broadside — Graphic recording: Sarah Firth

Portrait of Sarah Firth

Sarah Firth is an award-winning comic artist and illustratoranimator, speakerauthor and internationally renowned graphic recorder.

Since 2010, she has run Sarah The Firth Creative Services – offering tailored and impactful client experiences across sectors and contexts, with the mission to make important work, stories and ideas more accessible and engaging through visually clarifying, amplifying and bringing them to life.

Sarah has self-published numerous comics and zines, and has work in publications by Affirm PressAllen & Unwin, Picador Australia, ABRAMS Books and Black Inc. Books. Firth is currently working on her debut graphic novel, thanks to the Creators Fund programme

Discussion

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