Driving Justice for Women

As part of the sixteen days of Activism to End Violence Against Women & Children , I watched 'Driving with Selvi' for the Human Rights Film Festival (HRAFF). Following this I participated in a post screening panel with representatives from Macauley Family Services and Plan International's 'Because I'm A Girl' campaign. We reviewed the importance of structural solutions to addressing misogynistic culture, starting with education (eg Respectful Relationships) to structural reform from government funding welfare, [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:35+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

Portraits of Voices

At the Ondru (not-for-profit arts organisation) book launch tonight for 'Voiceless Journeys'. A beautiful celebration of a book capturing portraiture and stories from 101 migrants, from diverse and displaced backgrounds.  Congrats to Desh, the amazing volunteers and production team at Ondru- behind this stunning resource that enriches all Australians. #storyteller #makeachange 

2017-08-29T12:43:36+00:00 October 28th, 2016|

Feminism, Multiculturalism & Art After Hours

An amazing evening at the @artgalleryofnsw for the 'Art After Hours' program. Tonight I had the privilege of sharing a space with the inimitable Candy Royalle and the brilliant Sara Sal. Speaking to issues of identity, feminism, imperialism, racism, structural violence and the power of Art in all of this - they conveyed this via a poignant spoken word piece from Sara- and a powerful speech from Candy. She left the audience stunned with a [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:36+00:00 October 26th, 2016|

Regal Digs for a Legal Gig

Addressing an executive breakfast fundraiser for 'Hall & Wilcox' c/o @wheelercentre this morning in the Tea Room of Sydney's Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Speaking to staff and colleagues about 'Minority Voices in Mainstream Spaces'. Followed with a QnA session guided by the fabulous Helen Whitacomb of TWC, gauging topics from the Islamic Museum of Australia and feminism to Kochies Angels and SBS. A motley mix, indeed.  Also chanced to meet a lawyer with H&W, Emma, [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:36+00:00 October 20th, 2016|

 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:37+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:37+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:37+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 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 [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:38+00:00 August 14th, 2016|