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Author Talk: This Is What a Feminist Looks Like

Author Talk: This Is What a Feminist Looks Like
In Conversation with Emily Maguire and Zoya Patel Talks / Lecture

Emily Maguire (left) and Zoya Patel (right)
2 October 2019, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Theatre, Lower Ground 1

In her new book, This Is What a Feminist Looks Like, author Emily Maguire charts a course through Australian feminist history and pays tribute to those who have taken action in the face of ridicule. In conversation with Zoya Patel, Emily discusses the actions that have led us to where we are today.

Emily Maguire is the author of five novels, including An Isolated Incident which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her 2008 non-fiction book Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity was a frank, personal examination of what it meant to be young and female in Australia. Emily works as a teacher and as a mentor to young and emerging writers and was the 2018 Writer-in-Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.

Zoya Patel is a writer, editor and communications professional, based in Canberra. Her debut book, No Country Woman, a collection of memoir essays on race, identity and the diaspora is out now through Hachette Australia. In 2015, Zoya was named ACT Young Woman of the Year for her commitment to raising the profile of women’s voices in the media. She is the founder and editor of Feminartsy, an online feminist arts and literature journal, and is the former Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. She has written for a number of publications, including The Canberra Times, Right Now, Junkee, Women’s Agenda, and more.