Update event copy for Finishing School presents Talking Bodies: I.e.: In a night of storytelling, performance and spinning turntables, three women explore their experiences with sex and grief, morphing genders, moving countries and taking back their lives. Join Faith Chaza, Eda Gunaydin, and Chloe Higgins for drinks, a laugh and a cry in a unique event featuring women from Finishing School, a collective of women writers based in Parramatta.
Supported by the City of Parramatta.
Faith Chaza (Australian)
Faith Chaza is a reluctant adult. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, Faith now finds themselves in Sydney learning how to be a real person. Data wrangler by day, Faith spends their down time creating music and, on occasion, playing with words. Some of their work can be found in Itch and Aerodome. Faith is an Associate Director at Finishing School.
Eda Gunaydin (Australian)
Eda Gunaydin is a 24 year-old researcher and emerging writer of fiction and creative non-fiction from Western Sydney. She is a 2016 CAL WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellow and writes about class, race and the Turkish diaspora. She has been shortlisted for the Monash University Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize, the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, and performed for the Emerging Writers' Festival, Sydney Writers' Festival and University of Sydney. Her work can be found in publications including Voiceworks, The TJ Eckleburg Review, and Tincture Journal. She is currently being mentored on her first book through The Finishing School program.
Chloe Higgins (Australian)
Chloe Higgins is the founder of Wollongong Writers Festival, and recently stepped down as Director to focus on her creative writing PhD. She was the 2016 Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Emerging Writer-in-Residence and the Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Resident at Varuna and a WestWords Fellowship recipient. Her work has appeared in Suburban Review, Prowlings, lip magazine, Tertangala, ZPlatt, and Kindling. In May 2017, she was named the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Memoir Prize. She was raised in Western Sydney and currently lives between Western Sydney, Wollongong and backpacker hostels around the world.
Felicity Castagna (Australian)
Felicity Castagna is the author of the multiaward-winning novel The Incredible Here and Now, and its stage adaptation. Her collection of short stories Small Indiscretions was named an ABR book of the year. Her work has appeared on ABC Radio and TV as well as in national journals and newspapers. She has taught creative writing all around Australia and currently runs the storytelling series Studio Stories. Her latest novel is No More Boats. She is the Director of Finishing School, a project that aims to provide long-term mentoring for western Sydney women, writing their first books.