The Long Game: Women in Sport Today
How are ideas, and our expectations, around gender and sport evolving? And how does sport inform our sense of self? Who gets to play, and who gets to win, in the field of sports?
In an outstanding new essay collection, Balancing Acts: Women in Sport, a dream-team of Australia’s finest writers, including Ellen Van Neerven, Tegan Higginbotham, Nicole Hayes…
Making Waves: The Changing Shape of Australian Feminism
What can younger Australian feminists learn from older feminists, and vice versa? The generational divide can result in feminists re-treading the same ground and learning lessons that have already been learned by their forebears. Debates between feminists can be painful, but they can also be instructive and helpful.
In this discussion, our panellists will explore intergenerational tensions around topics such…
The Stella Prize in Conversation
In this talk, we hear from freshly-announced 2018 Stella Prize winner Alexis Wright in conversation with past winners Emily Bitto and Clare Wright, and host Toni Jordan. They talk about the impact the award has had on their writing, their careers and Australian literary culture.
In recent months, the stories of women – and with them, impediments to women’s media…
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Nevo Zisin
For the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling, we invited our speakers to probe a blazing, hot topic: the power of the written word and the loaded tenets of speech.
When do words inspire and when do they incite? When is speech free, and when is it hateful? Fighting words, funny words, insulting words and incendiary words – for…
The Wheeler Centre
Corrective Memory: Writing Women Back into History
‘History is not the past,' Hilary Mantel has said. 'It's the record of what’s left on the record.’
So, what are the challenges for writers seeking to revive the stories of female historical figures? Women have not always featured prominently in the historical records. And the ways they do feature are often compromised by the prejudices of record writers and keepers of the past.
In this discussion, we bring together three outstanding Australian writers: Ali Alizadeh, Odette Kelada and Sarah Goldman. All three have written about women of the past – from Joan of Arc to Caroline Chisholm – and all three are obsessive researchers. Hosted by Gabrielle Ryan, our panellists discuss narrative approaches to writing and re-writing women’s history, including experimental fiction, academic writing and biography.
What are the responsibilities, and the occupational hazards, of writing about female historical figures?
Is there a difference between facts and the truth? And how hard is it to change collective memory and mythology when writing about people from the past?
Gab Ryan, Sarah Goldman, Odette Kelada and Ali Alizadeh discuss approaches to writing women in history
The Wheeler Centre
AFLW 2018 Season Wrap
The inaugural season of the AFL National Women’s League saw some brutal contests, some soaring speckies and hundreds of eager fans turned away at the gates. Within a matter of weeks, a cohort of superb Australian athletes rocketed from relative unknowns to household names. The season spurred a revolution in girl’s and women’s participation in amateur Australian Rules competitions across the country.
For the AFLW 2018 season, the talent pool has deepened, competition has intensified and the stakes are higher, following the league’s first trade and draft period. The women’s game is evolving rapidly, trialling new rules and refining playing standards.
Following the AFLW Grand Final weekend, Karen Lyon, Sam Lane and Angela Pippos – all experienced Australian Rules journalists (and fans) – unpack the highs and lows of the year in women’s footy. They’ll share their insights and predictions on the future of the game.
Karen Lyon, Sam Lane and Angela Pippos discuss the 2018 AFLW season — Photo: Jon Tjhia
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