A book is a labour of love that takes time and money to produce. Fellowships and grants provide opportunities for authors to develop their craft and specific works towards the goal of publication. Mabel Gibson (Maar Bidi, Three Can Keep a Secret), Sarah Ayoub (The Cult of Romance), Chris Womersley (Ordinary Gods and Monsters) and Patrick Mullins (Who Needs the ABC?), talk about the value and opportunities offered by grants and fellowships. Chris Womersley and Patrick Mullins are the 2023 Copyright Agency Fellowship winners, and Mabel Gibson through Night Parrot Press is the recipient of a DLGSCI Creative Development grant. Sarah Ayoub sits on the board of the Australian Society of Authors who offer mentorships and a Blake Beckett Trust grant for writers. While they may be worlds apart in their journeys, for this panel they come together in a convergence of insight and creativity to speak about their writing and their fellowship projects. This session will be facilitated by Laurie Steed.
In their work, Christos Tsiolkas (The In-Between), Holden Sheppard (The Brink), A.J. Betts (One Song) and Madison Godfrey (Dress Rehearsals) transcend and recalibrate traditional notions of beauty. With Gillian O'Shaughnessy they explore what makes their heart take flight and the hows and whys of love, awe and imperfection.
The game-changing book about sex and consent that every woman – and man – should read In 2021, Chanel Contos posted on Instagram asking people to share their stories of sexual assault during their schooling years. This post unexpectedly went viral and almost 7000 people sent in testimonies describing behaviour that constitutes rape. Virtually none of these instances were reported, and almost all of them were by people they knew. How and why is this happening in an era of growing equality? Chanel Contos argues that when it comes to sex, we are still working with an outdated social contract that privileges men’s pleasure at the expense of women’s humanity. Consent Laid Bare challenges the lingering inequality that reinforces this behaviour. It asks if consent is possible in a world where female sexuality has been hijacked by forces such as porn, patriarchy and male entitlement. It gives girls and women the encouragement to seek sex that is truly enjoyable and equips them with the information they need to properly consent. It asks boys and men to become advocates for sex centered around intimacy rather than fuelled by aggression. It is a battle cry from a generation no longer prepared to stay silent. Australia’s Biggest Book Club is brought to you by the Australia Institute.
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