Heroines Festival 2019

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A festival of women writers

who write women’s stories.

The Heroines Festival is day

of panels, readings,

book launches, author signings, conversations, friendships,

and more.


Sunday September 15, 2019, 10 - 6pm

Thirroul District Community Centre & Library

Our festival guests will tell women's stories, speak about the craft of finding or inventing lost histories, and how our festival guests imagine the future for women.

Novelist Jesse Blackadder will tell the tales of early female Antarctic explorers, historical-fiction novelist Robyn Cadwaller will talk about the life of an enclosed young medieval holy woman, and festival favourite Kate Forsyth will speak about the French Revolution and Chinese mythology.

Speculative novelists Claire Corbett and Cat Sparks will discuss writing dystopian futures, like those found in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, and alternative utopian possibilities for women.

Telling the histories of women who have resisted and rebelled, festival guests will illuminate the experiences of women in Australian history: from exploring the art scene in 1920’s to mining a family history of colonisation and reclaiming Aboriginal heritage, from the experience of deafness now and in the 19th century to a physical journey to find belonging in the land.

Publisher Jo Mackay will discuss their HQ’s HERSTORY campaign that highlights stories that write women back into history, with historical novelists Tea Cooper, Karen Brooks and Kerri Turner.

Important and empowering.
— Kate Forsyth
A fantastic gathering of hearts and minds.
— Festival attendee 2018

With this year’s emphasis on emerging and first-time novelists, the festival is also proud to feature the voices of Lauren Chater , Shankari Chandran and Monica Tan; from Brisbane, Melissa Fagan and Jessica White; and local Illawara writers, Julie Keys, Judi Morison, Helena Fox and Chloe Higgins

Alongside a day packed with panels and conversations, and women's stories reclaimed, restored and reimagined, the festival will feature a Women’s Reading Room run in collaboration with the South Coast Writers Centre.

The festival day also includes the launch of the festival's second anthology of short fiction and poetry, about women and by women, Heroines.


Stimulating, wonderfully informative and very enjoyable.
— Festival attendee 2018
A celebration of the power and passion of literature.
— Festival attendee 2018

The Heroines Festival would like to acknowledge our sponsors

for their contribution towards this event and their support of women’s storytelling.