FESTIVAL DAY PROGRAM
SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 12– 5pm
Thirroul District Community Centre.
Excelsior Hall, 352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Heroines Festival Director Dr Sarah Nicholson
12: 05pm HEARING OUR GRANDMOTHER’S VOICES
Authors talk about finding and honouring forgotten stories of women’s heritage, and the art of crafting them into historical fiction.
1pm REMEMBER, OR IF LOST, INVENT
In her 1960's feminist sci-fi classic, French writer Monique Wittig wrote,
"There was a time when you were not a slave, remember that. You walked alone, full of laughter, you bathed, bare-bellied. You say you have lost all recollection of it … you say there are no words to describe it, you say it does not exist. But remember. Make an effort to remember. Or, failing that, invent."
Authors from historical and speculative fiction respond on the topic of inventing lost histories and new worlds for women.
This panel is run in partnership with Wollongong Writers Festival.
1:50pm FUTURE PERFECT
Ursula Le Guin imagined a world beyond gender, Naomi Alderman imagined a matriarchal world of the future; we get a panel of speculative fiction writers to imagine the future for women.
2:40pm RESISTANCE AND REBELLION
From the historical tales of the women who resisted or rebelled against their conditions, to those who agitated and championed rights which they didn’t have; these screen based storytellers discuss stories of women who resist and rebel.
3:35pm ENOUGH SAID POETRY SLAM PRESENTS SPOKEN WORD WOMEN
Enough Said Poetry Slam's Bella Luna mc’s our Open Mic with featured readings from the festival's anthology of poetry and short stories, Heroines, by Kathryn Lyster, Aislinn Batstone, Jane Frank, and Catherine Moffat; and, readings from guest authors Lauren Elise Daniels and Suzanne Burdon.
Women & people who identify as women in a significant way are invited to sign up to read their work on the day.