Celebrated author Kate Forsyth is just one of the authors who’ll speak at Thirroul in September as part of the innovative and unique ‘Heroines Festival’, celebrating women writers who re-imagine women’s stories.
Heroines presents women writers who have dived into our historical record and brought back the lost stories of women’s lives, and women writers who are creatively imagining women’s futures.
The Heroines festival includes guests such as local Miles Franklin shortlisted novelist Catherine McKinnon, historical fiction novelists Anna Westbrook, and Pamela Hart and beloved storyteller Kate Forsyth.
The authors 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 the act of creating utopian or dystopian futures for women, such as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Filmmakers Zanny Begg, Jasmin Tarasin, and Heidi Lee Douglas will discuss crafting the stories of women who have resisted and rebelled for the screen.
The Heroines Festival will also launch an anthology of stories and poems by women writers who have reimagined and reinvented mythical and fairytale heroines.
The festival day will include featured readings from the anthology, and also from the Heroines Young Women Writers program, at an Open Mic mc’d by Bella Luna from Enough Said Poetry Slam. The festival day includes panel discussions, readings, and films.
Early bird tickets are available until August 8th. The full program and tickets can be found at:www.theneoperennialpress.com/heroinesfestival
This project has been partially funded by a Cultural Grant from Community, Cultural & Economic Development, Wollongong City Council; and by a grant from Culture Bank Wollongong.