On Thursday 31 August members of the ISC bookclub attended the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. They went to a talk on Feminism. Randa Abdel-Fattah and Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen explored the challenges and pressures facing 21st-century girls. They talked about what true equality looks like, and what being a feminist really means. Can a man be one, and how can we actually create change?
The second talk was The Muslim Girl. Amani Al-Khatahtbeh’s spoke about her journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she’s faced on a daily basis, to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon. Also what’s it like to be a Muslim girl in a post-9/11 world.
The final one was The John Marsden Writing and Prize. John Marsden did a rapid-fire session of creative writing exercises and a discussion about his own approaches to writing. Then he presented Express Media’s 2017 John Marsden Prize for young writers.
Our girls were lucky enough to have their books signed and have a chat with the great man himself. They were also delighted to see that Amani appeared on Monday nights Q & A session. There was a lot of discussion on the bus home. One of the girls tweeted with Amani thanking her for educating them on various issues and was delighted with a tweet back saying that her tweet “had made her day!
Right: Students meeting Author John Marsden at the Melbourne Writer's Festival are (L-R) Hannah Fairweather and Molly Howard (8Singh)
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