F-Word Address: Alison Whittaker (Wheeler Centre) [Melbourne]
Wednesday April 24, 2019 - 6:15 PM
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Free - but please register - see email address and contact number below
Linda D'Ornay & Kim Saxton
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
FREE EVENT – but please register: EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org / or PH: 03 9094 7800
This event was previously scheduled for November 2018.
The F Word Address is our annual talk from an outstanding Australian woman on a pressing feminist issue. This year, our speaker is the phenomenal Alison Whittaker: poet, essayist, legal scholar and Gomeroi woman.
Whittaker’s address will focus on the complexities of using storytelling as a tool for justice for Blak women – in law, and in literature. How have traditions of sharing story among Indigenous people influenced how they articulate their histories, and assert their rights, in Western civil or criminal jurisdictions? Who are the audiences for Blak social justice narratives? And do Aboriginal women rely on a listening conscience that isn’t there?
In a 30-minute talk, followed by a short interview and audience Q&A with host Claire G. Coleman, Whittaker will draw on her legal research and writing work to consider the limits of storytelling – and to propose new ways to strengthen and centre storytellers themselves.
Neighbourhood Books will be our bookseller for this event.