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Zadie Smith, Curtis Sittenfeld to appear at inaugural Broadside feminist festival

The Wheeler Centre has announced a two-day feminist ideas festival, Broadside, to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall from 9–10 November.

UK author Zadie Smith, US novelist Curtis Sittenfeld, US author and activist Monica Lewinsky, New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, US sociologist and podcaster Tressie McMillan Cottom, Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy and Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto are among the international guests to feature in the program.

Highlighted events include a conversation between authors Helen Garner and Sarah Krasnostein on the publication of Garner’s diaries; a panel on how to un-whitewash feminism, with Bhutto, Indonesian writer and academic Intan Paramaditha, author Ruby Hamad and academic Aileen Moreton-Robinson; and an event on raging against the capitalist machine, with Tolentino, McMillan Cottom, US writer and podcaster Aminatou Sow, and journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe.

The gala event on the evening of Saturday 9 November will see guests Aretha Brown, Ariel Levy, Bhenji Ra, Clare Wright, Courtney Barnett, Sittenfeld, Fran Kelly, Nayuka Gorrie, Maria Tumarkin, Mehreen Faruqi, Nicole Lee, Patricia Cornelius and Raquel Willis deliver a night of readings, performances and reflections on the theme, ‘Things My Mother Never Told Me’.

The program includes a range of free and paid events, and Northcote bookshop Neighbourhood Books is the festival’s official bookseller. Weekend passes and day passes are available now, and single-event tickets will go on sale on 23 September.

On 8 November, about 150 young people from public high schools and Melbourne youth organisations will gather at the Wheeler Centre for Broadside Teen Day—a ‘tailored day of free talks and workshops designed to inspire community and action’. The Teen Day will feature Lewinsky and Sow, alongside guests including Karen Pickering, Michelle Law, Eloise Grills, Evelyn Araluen and Claire G Coleman.

For more information about the festival, see the Wheeler Centre website.


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