Al Salam Festival Adelaide: Talking Peace & Politics

In Adelaide today at the Al Salam festival, I joined Federal Member for Cowan Anne Aly MP as we both presented 'Our Stories'. Each of us spoke of life and career paths, covering matters of racism, Indigenous land and diversity under threat. It was pleasure to share a platform with Anne and make plenty of noise before an amazing audience.  Aside from many outstanding local speakers, MP's and performers, the other colleagues I met included [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:34+00:00 January 28th, 2017|

Melting Pots of Koshari Goodness

Thank you Yusra Metwally & Walid El Sabbagh of 'Koshari Korner' fame in Sydney, for bringing this Egyptian street food to my Melbourne corner. This was an absolute feast of measured rice, pasta, lentils, onions, magic sauce and spiced oil goodness that has to be tasted to be believed. You went over and above  with your time, prep and generosity- creating a masterpiece which we need in Melbourne ! Sharing your Koshari, I observed our [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:35+00:00 December 30th, 2016|

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|