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The Madonna–Whore and Other Fictions
Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed: $25/$20
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Tara Moss, Kate Ceberano, Emma Donoghue, Nakkiah Lui, Tracey Spicer (facilitator)
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Gold-digger, dumb blonde, mother, inspiration... There are so many labels given to women throughout their lives. How does the way women are treated in society affect us all? Both women and men are invited to hear Tara Moss, Nakkiah Lui, Emma Donoghue and Kate Ceberano as they examine the common fictions about women. Expect a challenging and entertaining discussion with compere Tracy Spicer as they take on old fictions, one woman at a time.

Nakkiah Lui (Australian)

Nakkiah Lui a writer, associate Playwright-in-Residence at Belvoir and an Artist-in-Residence at Griffin Theatre (Emerging Cultural Leader program). In 2012, Nakkiah was the inaugural recipient of both The Dreaming Award from Australia Council of the Arts and the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright award. Credits include; This Heaven, Belvoir (2013) I Should Have Told You Before We Made Love (That I’m Black) You Are Here Festival (2013), Stho Sthexy’ MKA Melbourne (2013), ‘Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owners of Death’ Bondi Feast, Tamarama Rock Surfers (2013), ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Darkies’ (2014) ABC, Scarlett Pictures.

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Tara Moss (Australian)

Born in Victoria, BC, Canada, Tara Moss is an internationally bestselling novelist, journalist, award-winning short story writer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, patron for breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Health Initiative, and former top model. In her spare time she studies psychology, forensic science, criminology and violent crime. Tara currently lives in New South Wales with her husband and daughter, and will publish her first non-fiction title The Fictional Woman in May 2014.

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Emma Donoghue (International)

Novelist Emma Donoghue is the author of the bestselling Room, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, as well as The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Slammerkin, Hood and Stir-fry. Her work also includes four short story collections, plays for stage and radio, and two anthologies that span the 17th to the 20th centuries. This year sees the release of Emma’s eighth novel Frog Music, full of intrigue and murder.

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Kate Ceberano (Australian)

Musician Kate Ceberano has written many of her own songs throughout her career as a performer. In I’m Talking she turns her writing talent to telling her own life story. Co-author Tom Gilling is a respected journalist and acclaimed novelist whose books include The Sooterkin, a New York Times Notable Book, Dreamland and Seven Mile Beach.

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Tracey Spicer (Australian)

Tracey Spicer is one of the most versatile journalists, writers, and presenters in the country, with a portfolio spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and online media. Over the past 27 years, she has anchored news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for Channel 9, Network Ten, and Sky News. The 46-year-old is a weekly columnist for Fairfax metropolitan newspapers and The Hoopla website.  She is passionate about women’s rights, convening Women in Media, a mentoring and networking group, backed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

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