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Rachel is a comics artist from Melbourne. Her work has been published in The Lifted Brow, The Suburban Review and SCUM mag. She is the Art Director of Pencilled In, a new magazine devoted to publishing and promoting the work of young Asian-Australian writers and artists.
Emilie is an award-winning Australian poet and spoken-word performer and the author of 14 children’s books. She was the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s Slam!Review, performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and has appeared at the Sydney Opera House and TEDx Melbourne. Emilie has been poet-in-residence for Museums Victoria and coordinator for the National Australian Poetry Slam. She teaches regularly in schools and has worked at Canada’s Banff Centre on their Spoken Word program.
Candy is an award-winning theatre-maker, playwright, actor, poet, speaker, activist and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of multidisciplinary hip-hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming and produces work that stills hearts and provokes minds.
Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ rights activist, writer, spoken-word performer, public speaker and disability sexuality educator. Through her presentations at conferences and universities, and her extensive publications, she provides a powerful insight into the reasons why society needs to change, rather than people with disabilities. Her written work has been published in Junkee, Daily Life, The Feminist Observer, Queer Disability Anthology and Doing It: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex.
Santilla is a Zambian-born award-winning journalist for SBSWorld News. Her reporting has seen her travel to Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia, and she has exclusively interviewed some of Africa’s most prominent leaders. Santilla reports extensively on Australia’s diverse African community and she recently presented a one-off documentary for SBS looking at the role race plays when looking for love.
Patricia is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre. She is a playwright, novelist and film writer. Patricia has a fierce commitment to dissecting class, and her work often examines the lives of the marginalised. Her work also includes dramaturgy and mentorship with emerging playwrights. Cornelius is a recipient of numerous awards and has written over 30 plays including Shit, Big Heart, Savages, Do not go gentle…, Slut, Love and The Call.
Winnie is a Tongan writer from Mount Druitt in Western Sydney. Winnie is currently the manager of Sweatshop – a Western Sydney Literacy Movement, and has just graduated from a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University. Winnie’s work has been published in The Vocal, The Big Black Thing, Voiceworks and Griffith Review.
Bec is a freelance audio producer. She makes the independent podcast SleepTalker, and has contributed to Better Off Dead, The Messenger, the Dumbo Feather Podcast and All the Best. Bec teaches radio-making skills at SYN Media, and was a 2016 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow.
Nayuka is a Gunai/Jurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She is passionate about climate justice, the rights of women, and the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Nayuka works across the youth sector as a program manager, facilitator and consultant.
Soreti is an Oromo spoken-word poet, recording artist, organiser and writer. Her artistry is a method of storytelling and worldly exploration. She performs and writes with adamant faith that her expression may inspire people to live larger than themselves, to care deeper than this world permits, and to believe – really believe – that justice is our right.
Michelle is a doctor, writer and fiction editor based in Melbourne. She is currently on the board of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society and Programs Director at Chalk Circle, a not-for-profit gender literacy organisation. Previously, she has been involved with Voiceworks and Lot’s Wife, and was a recipient of the inaugural Monash Prize.
Rebecca is a writer–illustrator and the author of 17 books for children and YA readers, including Mercy, The Astrologer’s Daughter and Afterlight. She has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Aurealis Award and Davitt Award, and longlisted for the Gold Inky Award and the David Gemmell Legend Award. She is a co-founder of the diversity initiative Voices from the Intersection.
Karen is a feminist organiser and writer based in Melbourne. She was the creator and host of Cherchez la Femme, a monthly talk show of popular culture and current affairs from an unapologetically feminist angle. Karen was the co-founder of Girls on Film Festival (GOFF) and a founding organiser of SlutWalk Melbourne. Karen is the editor of Doing It: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex, and is currently writing a book on menstruation and menopause in collaboration with the Victorian Women’s Trust.
Alicia is a writer, poet and broadcaster. She is a regular guest on ABC 774 and Radio National. She is part of The Outer Sanctum podcast, has appeared in ABC TV’s Sunday Arts and ABC News Breakfast and was a writer and director of the science–poetry show Elemental. Alicia co-edited and wrote for From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It and A Footy Girl’s Guide To the Stars of 2017.
Leena van Deventer
Leena is a writer, game developer and educator from Melbourne. She co-founded and directs WiDGET, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women game developers, and is the co-author of Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the fight for the future of videogames.
Katy writes plays and stories. She recently won an AWGIE (Children’s Theatre) for Reasons to Stay Inside and was been longlisted for Theatre503 international Playwriting Award for nest. A Prudent Man, won the People Choice Award at last year’s Melbourne Fringe and is currently touring Australia. She is working on her debut YA novel, Regime, which will be published in 2018.
Ingrid graduated from the SACAE Underdale with a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Art. She has worked extensively in art and education in Australia and the UK, and as an educator at the National Gallery of Victoria since October 2009. Ingrid has written for numerous NGV resources and publications. For the last three years she has curated Top Arts – the annual VCE Art and Studio Arts exhibition at the NGV.