Women's Problems

Women's Problems Sat 20 Feb Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre Sat 20 Feb Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre $19 Event Info Buy Tickets
Sat 20 Feb at Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre, from $19

Local talents Josephine Taylor, Lucy Peach, Bron Bateman and Susan Midalia join Emily Paull for a conversation about how their books open up spaces for discussing women’s perspectives, bodies, experiences and lives.

Bron Bateman’s collection Of Memory and Furniture is an explicit, bold exploration of female sexuality and relationships to power and institutions, while Susan Midalia tells quiet stories about women’s lives and loves in her new novel Everyday Madness. Josephine Taylor’s Eye of a Rook is set between 1860s London and contemporary Perth and explores the history of hysteria, female sexuality and the treatment of the female body, while self-described ‘menstrual activist’ Lucy Peach looks at the benefits of a woman’s menstrual cycle in her book Period Queen.

Joesphine Taylor

Josephine Taylor is a writer and freelance editor who lives on the coast north of Perth, Western Australia. She is Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Writing at Edith Cowan University. Josephine teaches, facilitates and judges in literary fiction and creative non-fiction. Her personal essays and fiction have been anthologised and published in journals including Axon, M/C Journal, Outskirts, Southerly, TEXT and Westerly. Her debut novel is Eye of a Rook.

Bron Bateman

Bron Bateman is a poet, academic and mother of nine. She is a lecturer, unit coordinator and tutor in the enabling program ‘OnTrack’ at Murdoch University. Her research interests include cultural studies, creative writing, feminism, the body, and Gothic and gender theory. Her first poetry collection, People from Bones (with Kelly Pilgrim), was published in 2002. She has had her work published in collections and journals in Australia, the UK and the US.

Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia grew up in the Western Australian wheatbelt and has lived in Perth for most of her adult life. She is the author of three collections of short stories, A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky and Feet to the Stars. Her collections have been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and twice for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She retired from teaching in 2007 to become a full-time writer and freelance editor

Lucy Peach

Lucy Peach is a period preacher, folk singer and theatre performer who has worked as a human biology teacher and sexual health educator. She has a bachelor of science in human biology and biomedicine with honours in medicine, and a graduate diploma of education in human biology. Lucy currently performs her shows My Greatest Period Ever (for 14+) and How to Period Like a Unicorn (all ages) around Australia and the UK.

Time & Location

Sat 20 Feb


Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



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