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Independent Publishing Conference 2016

I’ll be speaking at two discussion panels at the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference, a key professional development event for the publishing industry. The conference will be held at the Wheeler Centre from 9-12 November, 2016.

Talking Girls On Screen at ACMI

On Friday 14 October, 2016, I’ll be speaking on a Wheeler Centre panel at ACMI, titled YAS KWEEN: Girls on Screen, hosted by comedian Judith Lucy and featuring writers and performers Jessica Knight, Billie Tumarkin and Candy Bowers.

Talking High-Heeled Politics On Radio National

I recorded an episode of ABC Radio National Drive’s regular segment, ‘The Drawing Room’, about the politics of stilettos, alongside host Patricia Karvelas and the University of Melbourne’s Dr Catherine Kovesi.

Writing The Undead at Melbourne Writers Festival

At the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival, I was pretty excited to be chairing a panel discussion with author Justin Cronin and showrunner Tony Ayres about how to write undead characters that transcend the familiar tropes of vampires and zombies.

Advising Emerging Writers at Narre Warren Library

The City of Casey, in Melbourne’s outer south-east, invited me to give a free talk at the Narre Warren Library at 1:30pm on Saturday 4 June, 2016. Addressed to emerging writers, my talk focused on how to get writing published.

Talking Fembots and Feminism at Arts Futures

On Tuesday, 15 March 2016, as part of the City of Melbourne’s Arts Futures program, I spoke at a panel event called Fembots and Feminism: Who Creates Digital Intelligence?

Joining the Critics Forum on 702 ABC Sydney

On Tuesday 23 February, 2016, at 5:30pm, I popped in to the Critics Forum at 702 ABC Radio Sydney with Richard Glover. As the visiting film critic, I talked about faith and movie magic in Hail, Caesar! and Risen.

Guest Hosting The Rereaders

This week I had heaps of fun discussing The Dressmaker, The Beautiful Lie and Sophie Lowe’s song ‘Pink Flowers’ on the pop-culture podcast The Rereaders.

ACMI Talk about David Bowie’s Costumes

On Sunday 13 September, 2015, I gave a talk about David Bowie’s costumes as part of the “Strange Fascinations” talk series in association with ACMI’s David Bowie is… exhibition.