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TINAtalks #5: Writing While Female - Subverting Expectations

  • Village Roadshow Theatrette 328 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

The variety of women’s writing is as diverse as the female experience itself. The guests on this special edition of TINAtalks certainly traverse many different categories- their work spans across the worlds of playwriting, journalism, comedy, screenwriting, novels and much more.

Through their funny, painful, beautiful and often provocative work, TT5’s guests rip apart subjects like body image, trauma, romance and public perceptions of femininity. 

Guiding us all through this fantastic journey will be our special guest host- novelist, editor and journalist, JENNY VALENTISH. Curated and presented by YWCA Victoria-
As usual, this event is ALL AGES and a fundraiser for YWCA's women's housing programs and developments.


LISA CARVER is one of America’s most prolific and original underground writers. She’s famous for her wild and fantastic blend of performance art and music and as the editor of the long running and completely fascinating 90’s zine, Rollerderby. She has also published a number of novels, including an autobiography, a treatise on the artistic career of Yoko Ono, a writing guide and a dissection of American pop culture. Her latest book is The Jaywalker, which is a collection of short stories illustrated by her long-time friend and collaborator, Dame Darcy. Here's a great interview with her-

DEIRDRE FIDGE is a Melbourne based comedian, writer and social worker. She writes regularly for SBS Comedy, ABC's The Drum, The Vocal and Archer Magazine. Her writing is equally parts hilarious, tough and vulnerable and covers subjects like body image, sexual assault, politics, mental illness and GLBTIQ issues. You can follow her extremely popular and very funny Twitter account over here- @figgled and check out some of her writing here-

MICHELLE LAW is a freelance writer based in Brisbane. She is the co-author of the comedy book, Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, and has had her work anthologised in books like Women of Letters and Destroying the Joint. Some of the places she’s written for include the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, frankie magazine, and the Griffith Review. Michelle has also written two short films- Bloomers, which is a funny take on menstruation, girlhood and ritual and Suicide and Me, an utterly gripping, fascinating documentary on a suicide hotline and the people that work there. She’s also worked on Story Development for The Family Law, an SBS series based on her brother’s memoirs and is currently working on her first play at La Boite Theatre Company. Check out her site- and her TEDx talk, "A Bald Woman's Guide to Survival" here-


JENNY VALENTISH grew up in an “unlovely satellite town of London” and was a music journalist from a young age. She was publishing fanzines and writing for Dazed and Confused whilst still in her teens. She’s interviewed everyone from Jack White to Joan Jett; not forgetting John Frusciante, in a pitch-black hotel room at the Chateau Marmont. She steered the ship at Triple J Magazine and Time Out for a number of years and has contributed articles to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Marie Claire, The Age, The Monthly and many more. Her first novel, Cherry Bomb, is a teenage psychodrama set in the music industry. Her first non-fiction book, for Black Inc, is on women and addiction and is scheduled for early 2017. Find out more about Jenny here-