When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a ‘nasty woman’, he didn’t know the term would become a battle cry of his opponents. In a centrepiece event of the Festival, some of the world’s most acclaimed women take to the stage to find a way forward in our changing world. Festival favourites Brit Bennett, Durga Chew-Bose, Viola Di Grado, Anita Heiss, Chris Kraus and Nadja Spiegelman share cautionary tales, life lessons, wisdom and good advice. Hosted by Sophie Black.

Supported by the City of Sydney. 

This event will be Auslan interpreted. The National Relay Service is available to assist with phone bookings. Call SWF Box Office on (02) 9256 4200 or email ticketing@swf.org.au to book access tickets. 

Anita Heiss (Australian)

Anita Heiss

Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and poetry. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation and a Board member of the University of Queensland Press and Circa Contemporary Circus. Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the GO Foundation. She is currently adapting her novel Tiddas (Simon & Schuster, 2015) for the stage. Her latest novel is Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams).

Sophie Black (Australian)

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is Head of Special Projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has headed up the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast scheme Signal Boost, the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger and the ABC RN program Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as director and is Co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.