THE HEROINES FESTIVAL celebrates the talents of women writers who reclaim, restore, and reimagine women’s stories.
With a focus on speculative and historical storytelling, the Heroines festival’s inaugural theme is “Finding our past and imagining our future"; thus, the festival brings together women writers who have the dived into our historical record and brought back the lost stories of women, and those who are imagining the world for women in the future.
In collaboration with Wollongong Writers Festival, the South Coast Writers Centre, Enough Said Poetry Slam, Wollongong Youth Service, and Culture Bank Wollongong, The Neo Perennial Press is proud to bring The Heroines Festival to readers and writers from the greater Wollongong area, and beyond, for the first time.
HEROINES FESTIVAL DAY
Thirroul, Saturday 8th September
On the festival day, guests, including local Miles Franklin shortlisted novelist Catherine McKinnon, beloved storyteller Kate Forsyth, and historical fiction novelists Anna Westbrook and Pamela Hart will speak about finding and honouring forgotten stories from women’s heritage, inventing lost histories and the art of crafting historical fiction. Speculative novelists Claire Corbett and Margaret Morgan will discuss writing dystopian futures for women, like those found in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, and alternative utopian worlds. Storytellers of the screen including, Zanny Begg, Jasmin Tarasin and Heidi Lee Douglas, will discuss documenting the histories of women who have resisted and rebelled. The festival day also includes an open mic with featured readings from the festival's anthology of short fiction and poetry, Heroines, and guest novelists.
Full program details HERE.
HEROINES: ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH
Wednesday 5th September 6:30pm.
A South Coast Writers Centre ‘Word Salad’ event at the Philanthropy Tribe Book Café.
The Heroines Anthology is a collection of stories and poems that reimagine and remake mythical and fairytale heroines, or invent new ones. The event will feature readings by authors from the anthology. It will be mc’d by Linda Godfrey, Program Manager of Wollongong Writers’ Festival, and Dr Sarah Nicholson, Director of Heroines Festival.
Launch tickets available HERE
IN COLLABORATION WITH
This project was partially funded by a Cultural grant from Community, Cultural and Economic Development, Wollongong City Council; and by a grant from Culture Bank Wollongong.
Festival art : Steampunk Nouveau by Nana Leonti, Steampunk girl a la Mucha by Derfboy & Art Nouveau by Lightam. All featured on Deviant Art. Design by Tim Donnelly.