What Inspires Me: Di Morrissey

Listened to a recent episode of  the Australian Writers Centre podcast where  prolific writer Di Morrissey was interviewed.  These were the main points Di wants writers to focus on, which completely resonated with where my current head-space is at:

 “Write from the heart…

Write what interests you…

Write what you feel…

Write what you are passionate about…

Write what touches you.”

Di Morrissey – So You Want to be a Writer,  Episode 254

 

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Germaine Greer

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

 

FWF 2018: Rewriting the Story

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The Feminist Writers Festival is happening this year in Melbourne in May.

The Feminist Writers Festival takes place in Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust in Melbourne, Australia.   The theme this year is “Rewriting the Story” and as described on their website:

“Rewriting the Story invites you to explore feminist thinking and writing now. Discover how feminist writers in Australia are using words to make change, creating powerful personal and political narratives, and choosing stories over silence. Hear how feminist writers are tackling topics of violence against women, activism and advocacy, and how women actively mentor one another, sustain feminist voices, come together and break the silence. Learn about skilling up, inclusivity, creating communities and working towards change.”

For all sessions and workshops check follow the link below:

FWF 2018: Rewriting the Story

What Inspires Me: Fran Lebowitz

Last week I saw Fran Lebowitz at the Athenaeum Theatre which The Wheelers Centre organised.
Fran is someone who inspired me to speak my truth when I write and not be apologetic for it.

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

 

What Inspires Me: Nigella Lawson

 
Last month I saw Nigella Lawson at the School of Life ‘On Why Food Matters.”
Nigella is someone who inspired me and my cooking due to her not being a professional chef and simply loving food and writing about it.

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