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Saturday, May 23 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ticketed: $38/$20
Roslyn Packer Theatre (formerly Sydney Theatre), 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Even the most intelligent, motivated and good-humoured souls would find it difficult to solve gender inequality within the space of an hour. But they could vent cathartically about everything that’s gone wrong in their lives, and the extent to which the world at large has been unhelpful or surprisingly accommodating. Writer and common sense crusader Annabel Crabb, novelist Amy Bloom, former Queensland premier Anna Bligh and Indonesian activist Ayu Utami speak with Tracey Spicer in an evening of feminist dos, don’ts, been theres and done thats.


This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Amy Bloom (International)

Amy Bloom is the author of three collections of stories: Where the God of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me, and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and three novels: Away, Love Invents Us, and most recently, Lucky Us. Amy has been a nominee for the National Book Award and her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. She has written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Salon and many other journals. She is the University Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University.

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Anna Bligh (Australian)

Anna Bligh graduated with an arts degree from the University of Queensland before stepping into the political sphere. During her time in politics, she has worked across many portfolios. As Queensland’s first female Education Minister, she spent almost 5 years overseeing the most significant reforms to the State’s education system in decades, including the introduction of a preparatory year of schooling and requirements for all young people to be “learning or earning”. Through the Wall: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival is her first book.

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Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most popular political commentators, a Walkley-awarded writer, and the host of Australia's first dedicated political cooking show, ABC TV's Kitchen Cabinet. She writes for ABC Online's The Drum, is a columnist for the Sunday AgeSun-Herald and Canberra's Sunday Times, and has worked as a political correspondent and sketchwriter for various publications. In 2011 she became Australia's first Eisenhower Fellow. She lives in Sydney with her partner, Jeremy, and their three children.

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Ayu Utami (International)

Ayu Utami is an award-winning Indonesian writer who was the 2000 Prince Claus Award Laureate.During Indonesia's military regime, Ayu was a journalist and press freedom activist. She was one of the founders of The Alliance of Independent Journalists which was later banned by Suharto’s government. Her works include the True Stories trilogy (The Single Parasite, Enrico’s Love Story and The Confession) which deal with sex and gender relations, and the Fu Numeral series, mystery novels about Indonesian culture and heritage.

Presented in association with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

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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.
Tracey is currently 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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