Announcing Feminartsy’s 2019 Re-Launch!

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Join Eloise Grills, Natalie Kon-yu, Sam van Zweden, Shu-Ling Chua, Aparna Ananthuni, and Emilia Schnall, at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, May 23rd, 6-9pm for the re-launch of Feminartsy.

A night of storytelling and music featuring some of Melbourne’s most amazing contemporary artists, this re-launch kicks off Feminartsy‘s 2019 events calendar, and coincides with our re-opening of calls for written submissions.

The evening opens with a showcase of writers, graphic storytellers, and memoirists working in vastly different genres. Readings of original work will be performed by Eloise Grills, Natalie Kon-yu, Sam van Zweden, Shu-Ling Chua, and Aparna Ananthuni. The readings will be followed by a set from jazz artist Emilia.

Bookings via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/20035624450

Drinks by gold coin donation.


Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist and poet living in Melbourne, but like all esteemed Melbourne writers they are actually from Geelong. Their writing and art have appeared in places like The Lifted BrowCosmonauts Avenue, Meanjin, and Cordite, among othersTheir graphic novel, Sexy Female Murderesses, was published by Glom Press in 2018, and their poetry collection, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams is soon to be released by Subbed In.They are currently working on their first memoir about big fat sexy bodies. 

Natalie Kon-yu is a writer, academic and a commissioning editor of #Me Too: Stories from the Australian Movement (2019), Just Between Us: Australian Writers Tell the Truth About Female Friendship (2013) and Mothers and Others: Why Not All Women Are Mothers and Not All Mothers Are the Same (2015) She was the co-director of the Stella Diversity Count in 2016 and lectures at Victoria University where she is currently researching gender bias and cultural diversity in Australian literary culture.  She also sits on the board of Her Place – Women’s Museum and Heritage Victoria.

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food and mental health. Her writing has appeared in Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted BrowCordite, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her work has been shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, the Lifted Brow and non/fictionLab Experimental Non-fiction Writing Prize, and the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards.

Shu-Ling Chua is a Melbourne-based writer. Her work has appeared in FeminartsyPeril MagazineTriangle House Review and Meanjin, among others. She is working on an essay collection exploring the intersections between life and art. Shu-Ling was shortlisted in the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Award and highly commended in the 2017 Feminartsy Memoir Prize. Her career highlights include making friends through writing and interviewing Jenny Zhang for Lindsay.

Aparna Ananthuni is a Melbourne-based South Asian writer, performer, visual artist and journalist. She is a writer of fantasy fiction and has been published in Feminartsy, and as part of the Story City Melbourne digital app. She was also featured in the 2017 Melbourne Writer’s Festival Jaipur Literature Festival popup, where she spoke about the specially commissioned digital interactive fantasy story she had written for Story City. In addition to this, she has been a writer with Indian Link newspaper since 2016, writing on a broad range of areas, including intersectional feminism, South Asian performing arts, politics, community events, and domestic violence. She is currently focussing her energies on completing her first novel, a crossover fantasy that draws together South Asian mythology, motifs from Ancient Egypt, and conventions of Steampunk fiction.E

Award winning soulful sensation, Emilia, has a big voice, and even bigger hair. With her soaring vocals, wild horn-like improvisations and enrapturing shows, Emilia has stolen hearts around the globe. Travelling internationally for jazz festivals in Indonesia, Europe and selling out rooms in Melbourne, her voice has been likened to Chaka Khan, mixed with the writing style of Kimbra and Esperanza Spalding. Emilia was the recipient of a Push Composition Prize and the Future Leaders Jazz Awards, her compositions being a seamless blend of old school Soul, Funk, and Jazz-fusion, and an act you don’t want to miss.

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