Blacktown Day+Night: Yours, Mine and Ours: Life Writing Day

Yours, Mine and Ours: Life Writing Day
Saturday 27 August 10.30 am – 3.00 pm Max Webber Library

Join us for a day of talks, workshops and celebration of the stories we have inside us, that define us. Together we’ll explore the richness found in sharing life’s experiences.
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Keynote Address
10.30 am – 11.15 am James Knight

Writing Life – Panel
11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Join biographer and ghost writer, Lowell Tarling, biographer and journalist, James Knight and Zaheda Ghani, who explores her family stories in her novel, “Pomegranate and Fig”.

Lowell Tarling, Wordsmith, Interviewer & Archivist

James Knight, bestselling author, having written biographies about Mark Waugh, Shane and Brett Lee, and an incredible story about Vietnamese boat person, Duy Long Nguyen

Zaheda Ghani, an Afghani-Australian woman in her 40s who has written a novel and has worked with the UNHCR with Workshops hosted by James and Zaheda

Tanya Vavilova, the joint winner of the Small Press Network Book of the Year Prize 2021 for her debut collection of essays We Are Speaking in Code.

 

Life writing workshops/seminars:
1.15 pm – 3.00 pm
Hosted by Tanya Vavilova, the joint winner of the Small Press Network Book of the Year Prize 2021 for her debut collection of essays We Are Speaking in Code.
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1.15 pm – 3.00 pm
Hosted by James Knight, bestselling author, having written biographies about Mark Waugh, Shane and Brett Lee, and an incredible story about Vietnamese boat person, Duy Long Nguyen
RSVP here

 

Women Out Loud: Turning Points – Panel
Saturday 27 August 10.30 am – 11.30 am
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Join a cross-generational conversation with a panel of guests reflecting on turning points in their lives and the world around them that shapes their journey.

(20s) Vivian Pham grew up in Western Sydney, and was named SMH/Age Young novelist of the year for her book The Coconut Children

(30s) Charmaine Ledden-Lewis is a Nungarwal woman in her 30s who illustrated Cathy Freeman’s book Born to Run, and Bruce Pascoe’s picture book Found.

(40s) Zaheda Ghani arrived in Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee in the 1980s. Now in her 40s she is an author, and was an ambassador for the UNHCR.

(50s) Malla Nunn, a woman born in Swaziland who is now a crime writer and award-winning YA novelist

(70s) Marta Morawiecka, a 71y.o. woman who grew up in Communist Poland and is now a retired psychotherapist and psychiatrist.

Chaired by Marwa Abouzeid, artist and the founding director of Artvision Creative Services