Lentil, LaTrobe, Lunches & Links

Interviewing for a LaTrobe University  "Lawn Lunch" promo for 2017- spruiking the specific Lentil As Anything link-to all things culinary and culturally diverse. In particular I shared the Lentil philosophy, it's varied services as well as my association with Latrobe and how these two experiences coalesce for me. This interview marks another Latrobe Uni gig- my fourth this year- highlighting serious alumni life and love traits! Further, the opportunity to acknowledge  inclusive spaces which promote [...]

September 28th, 2016|

Speaking Truths , Without a Cue

A pleasant change in pace today presenting for a Regional Arts Victoria gig :"critiquing cultural leadership, speaking truth to power". I was specifically asked 'not to prepare' - in order the participants (alumni of the RAV leadership program) 'view the thought process in action'. Totally embraced this option! My co presenter was prolific arts/ politics journalist, author and DJ, Ben Eltham. And the session was steered by RAV Director, the fabulous Esther Anatolitis. Thank you [...]

September 16th, 2016|

Because Truth is Stranger than Fiction: why diverse stories matter

Speaking to high school students from across Melbourne about my writing in 'Coming of Age: Growing Muslim in Australia' along with Osamah Sami, author of 'Good Muslim Boy' at the @melbwritersfest.  Superbly moderated by the brilliant Angela Savage. We shared the impetus behind our diverse stories, sharing vignettes from childhood and hopes for the future. Shattering stereotypes appeared to be a deliberate and incidental reality for both of us. Also fielded some impressive questions from the [...]

August 30th, 2016|

Exhibit E(migrate)

Tonight I joined a small group of alumni, friends and staff of La Trobe University for the Melbourne launch of Exhibit E(migrate); a celebration of the Australian emigrant story.    As a university that celebrates diversity and social inclusion, La Trobe’s Exhibit E(migrate) highlights the unique cultural and intellectual contribution made by both the artists and the emigrant. This series launch is part of the University’s showcasing of works from their own collection. The La [...]

August 22nd, 2016|

‘Optus Dan’ is Larger than Life

Today I was thrilled to show Dan de Sousa aka 'Dan from Optus around the IMA. Some of you may know about the legend of Dan during his time as the online Optus customer service guy who famously corrected countless racist comments on Optus's Facebook page in 2015. This followed the company's decision at that time to place signage in Arabic in certain shopping centres in Sydney. Furore ensued amongst some customers who were affronted [...]

August 17th, 2016|

Bendigo Writers Festival: Coming home to write

This weekend I attended the Bendigo Writers Festival 2016, held in its notable arts precinct, for a fifth consecutive year.  Day 1 was the festival opening which included a panel discussion with Benjamin Law, Ita Buttrose and David Astle, discussing  'Being Brave Enough'. This was held at the Ulumbarra Theatre - formerly Bendigo Gaol, which made for great photo opps! Benjamin and Ita Day 2 commenced the bulk of festival events. My first [...]

August 14th, 2016|

Maticevski Courts Dark Elegance

Attended the launch of 'Dark Wonderlands'- an exhibition showcasing the couture masterpieces of Australian design icon, Toni Maticevski at the #BendigoArtGallery last night, following Day 2 of the Bendigo Writers Festival. I can say with certainty, I've not attended such a couture laden event of this calibre in MY LIFE. Nor have I ever felt so underdressed, out of place and intrigued all at the same time!! From the liquorice macaroons to the guests swanning [...]

August 14th, 2016|

Heaven to Heaven in Melbourne 

Last night saw the launch of 'Heaven to Heaven' - an exhibition held at Kinross Arts Centre in partnership with the @islamicmuseumaustralia. This event comprised a spectacular collection of photography capturing the raw pathos of the Arbaeen, by photographer Tom Toby of @wildfireimages as well as a compelling documentary by director, Sayyad Hamid Mostaja. This documentary is scheduled to feature on the ABC in the near future.  As Curator of the IMA, I was invited [...]

August 11th, 2016|

Face to Face with Democracy

Now for something a little different.. 'Face Up' is an interactive experience that celebrates Australia's vibrant democracy and the power of your voice within it.  This exhibition will be projecting in King’s Hall for the next year or so. Every three months the Museum changes the four ‘provocations’ of democracy. Currently they have ‘Checks and Balances’, ‘Rights and Obligations’, ‘A Fair Go’ and ‘It’s the Vibe’ (a reference to the movie The Castle and the [...]

July 31st, 2016|

Traditional Ties that Bind

Taking Co-Chairs of the National Congress of Australia's First People's-Dr Jackie Huggins & Rod Little, for a tour of the @islamicmuseumaustralia. An absolute delight sharing stories of connections between the First People with Macassans and Cameleers from the 1700's onward. Connections predate that of British colonial rule. And the storyline of these relationships is coloured with tales of camaraderie and family bloodlines. The ties are long and strong.  Anticipating some collaborative ventures into the future [...]

July 20th, 2016|