PAST - TINATALKS#5- WRITING EDITION
TINAtalks #5: Writing While Female- Subverting Expectations
Friday 29 July, 2016 - 6.30pm - State Library of Victoria
Chaired by special guest host, Jenny Valentish and curated by YWCA Victoria
The variety of women’s writing is as diverse as the female experience itself. The guests on this special edition of TINAtalks certainly traverse many different categories- their work spans across the worlds of playwriting, journalism, music, screenwriting, novels and much more.
Through their funny, painful, beautiful and often provocative work, TT5’s guests rip apart subjects like body image, trauma, romance and public perceptions of femininity.
Guiding us all through this fantastic journey will be our special guest host- novelist, editor and journalist, JENNY VALENTISH. Curated and presented by YWCA Victoria- www.ywca.net
As usual, this event is a fundraiser for YWCA's women's housing programs and developments.
LISA CARVER is one of America’s most prolific and original underground writers. She’s famous for her wild and fantastic blend of performance art and music and as the editor of the long running and completely fascinating 90’s zine, Rollerderby. She has also published a number of novels, including an autobiography, a treatise on the artistic career of Yoko Ono, a writing guide and a dissection of American pop culture. Her latest book is The Jaywalker, which is a collection of short stories illustrated by her long-time friend and collaborator, Dame Darcy. Here is a great interview with her.
ADALITA is best known as front woman for Australian indie rock band Magic Dirt, who have cemented their status as one of Australia's best loved and highly respected bands. Since 1989, Adalita, principal songwriter and one of the founding members of Magic Dirt, has been writing and producing records, touring the world and is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades.
In 2011 Adalita released her debut self-titled solo album to rave reviews and completed a national tour to packed houses across Australia, including a performance for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Among her many awards and achievements Adalita has worked on various collaborative projects with other artists, has been invited to speak at numerous creative writing lectures and motivational talks and also adds acting, film scoring and photography to her repertoire. Adalita is also a vegan and advocate for animal rights appearing in campaigns for PETA, Humane Research Australia and Animal Liberation Victoria. She is also passionate about wilderness conservation.
Adalita is currently working on her 3rd studio album due for release in 2016- visit her here.
MICHELLE LAW is a freelance writer based in Brisbane. She is the co-author of the comedy book, Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, and has had her work anthologised in books like Women of Letters and Destroying the Joint. Some of the places she’s written for include the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, frankie magazine, and the Griffith Review. Michelle has also written two short films- Bloomers, which is a funny take on menstruation, girlhood and ritual and Suicide and Me, an utterly gripping, fascinating documentary on a suicide hotline and the people that work there. She’s also worked on Story Development for The Family Law, an SBS series based on her brother’s memoirs and is currently working on her first play at La Boite Theatre Company. Visit her website and watch her TEDx talk, "A Bald Woman's Guide to Survival."
JENNY VALENTISH grew up in an “unlovely satellite town of London” and was a music journalist from a young age. She was publishing fanzines and writing for Dazed and Confused whilst still in her teens. She’s interviewed everyone from Jack White to Joan Jett; not forgetting John Frusciante, in a pitch-black hotel room at the Chateau Marmont. She steered the ship at Triple J Magazine and Time Out for a number of years and has contributed articles to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Marie Claire, The Age, The Monthly and many more. Her first novel, Cherry Bomb, is a teenage psychodrama set in the music industry. Her first non-fiction book, for Black Inc, is on women and addiction and is scheduled for early 2017. Find out more about her here.
Join us for drinks and nibbles afterwards at the Moat on Little Lonsdale Street (other side of the library)!
There will be a Q&A component too, so have those questions ready!