Last month, I went to see Germaine Greer speak on her publication, “On Rape” by Melbourne University. I call it a publication as its essay length.
Greer’s book “The Female Eunuch” was the first book I read on Feminism. Although its incredibly dated, at the time (I was just out of my teens) it was a revelation, even though I didn’t agree with all of it.
Over the years Greer’s stances and opinions on things have become more and more skewed from my personal philosophy on what Feminism is. Therefore I have moved away from her work as I don’t see her as a role-model or person of excellence in the field even though she placed herself as a pioneer feminist during the second wave. I personally don’t feel she’s an activist like one of my idols Gloria Steinem who I saw speak and inspired me very much.
Suffice to say the event put on by The School of Life didn’t inspire me and in fact left me thinking – wtf Germaine?!?!
From the outset Greer was vague, defensive and refused to answer questions purposefully derailing the conversation and changing the subject.
I couldn’t find a single element of her talk which I agreed with and I felt like the whole thing was created to draw controversy in order to get people to read her essay. I would of appreciated it moreso, if I didn’t have to pay for a talk which was simply an advertisement for her essay.
Like the majority gathered there, I attended as a curiosity and was left laughing at her not with her and the most interesting aspect of the talk was when a small handful of protesters interrupted about 1/3 of the way through.
I won’t quote what stood out as inspiration because all that stood out is how NOT to be a feminist in my opinion. At least now I can say I have seen her speak.
My parting words on this is that I have moved past her work and will continue to focus on feminist writers who inspire and keep the movement progressing.
(C) T. Altman 2018
Rosalie Ham the author of The Dressmaker taught at *Wordfest2018.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend her creative writing workshop and sheepishly asked her to sign my book at the end of the class, which she was only too happy to do! She commented it was lovely to sign a real life physical book and wished me luck with my writing.
I received some good productive tips to tighten my work and made a few new fellow writer friends . Overall I am glad I attended it was one of the best workshops I have attended at a writing festival.
*WordFest is the annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service. The festival brings readers and writers together for a series of author talks, writing workshops and competitions.
Vale Beverley Farmer…I only found out about your work a few years ago but it has significantly inspired me.
Beverley Farmer dies at 77
These were three of her quotes which resonated with me that night:
“The reason I read so much is because it’s better than life.”
“I write so slowly I could write with my own blood and I wouldn’t hurt myself.”
“You can’t teach writing –
It’s like teaching people to be tall.”
Fran Lebowitz – 2nd of March 2018, Melbourne Australia
These were two of her quotes which resonated with me that night:
“Cooking teaches lessons in life.”
“Baking is like chemistry and poetry.”
Nigella Lawson – 24th of January 2018, Melbourne Australia
Ursula Le Guin passed away the other day – Vale Ursula!
An inspiration to not only women writers but sci-fi writers with her take no BS attitude. Her words will be missed yet her legacy will live on:
Ursula Le Guin Passes Away at 88
Thought I would try a new yet interesting approach to this year’s reading challenge:
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2018
This year (2018) is the 10 year anniversary of Melbourne (Australia) being classified as a City of Literature by UNESCO.
Reading Victoria is celebrating by publishing a piece of writing each week, themed around a suburb or town in Victoria. To sign up to receive a weekly email with the free featured writing you can do that here:
City of Literature: Reading Victoria
On Saturday the 3rd of December in North Melbourne (Australia) at the Lulu Cafe and Gallery, the book launch and signing for “A New Beginning” anthology I have contributed to for Women Who Write will be happening:
Event: Women Who Write Melbourne Book Launch & Signing
I’m today’s featured author for Women Who Write as my short story piece will be in their first anthology. Click the link below to see more including a small taste of my work…
Women Who Write: Tina Altman