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23 June 2017

Girls Write Up 2017: The Personal Is Political

When a lack of political voice leads to disempowerment, disengagement and disadvantage, personal voices speak up.

This episode features a panel from Girls Write Up 2017 in Melbourne called The Personal Is Political.

In this panel, YA and children’s author Rebecca Lim, disability and LGBTQ rights advocate and writer Jax Jacki Brown, and writer and activist Nayuka Gorrie offer personal testimony on the politics that affect them. With host Karen Pickering, the panel discuss ‘own voices’ in fiction, connecting structural disadvantage with personal experience, and using humour and anger as a political tools.

Girls Write Up is  a daylong festival from the Stella Schools Program for teens aged 12–18 that teaches empowerment through writing and sharing stories.


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