Fighting Words

Fighting Words Sat 22 Feb 1pm Theatre Auditorium Sat 22 Feb 1pm Theatre Auditorium $19
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Jess Hill has put a spotlight on how domestic abuse is spoken about and addressed in Australia while Dervla McTiernan is an award-winning crime novelist whose books catalogue crimes against women and girls.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an acclaimed novelist whose debut novel examines Australian violence, and Julia Phillips is an American writer whose debut novel responds to the #metoo era.

Join them in a conversation about writing about violence with Danae Gibson.

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. Her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin, is a critically-acclaimed international bestseller, which has been published in the US, the UK and Ireland. It was shortlisted in two categories for the 2018 Irish Book Awards, longlisted for the Indie Awards, shortlisted in the Australian Book Industry Awards and was named on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list 2018.

Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, McTiernan studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for 12 years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, she now writes full-time.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Ahmad's essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories. His debut novel, The Tribe, received a 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award. He received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017.

Julia Phillips lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, Disappearing Earth, will be published by Knopf in the US and Scribner in the UK, as well as publishers in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and China. Her Pushcart-nominated fiction appears in literary journals including Glimmer Train and The Antioch Review. Her nonfiction appears in such publications as The Atlantic, Slate, and BuzzFeed News, and was named notable in Best American Travel Writing. She spent a year as a Fulbright fellow in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, where Disappearing Earth is set.

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Sat 22 Feb 1pm


Theatre Auditorium, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009

    • Adult: $19
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