It’s a new year, and Feminartsy is kicking off with a (slightly clichéd) story-share on the theme ‘New Beginnings’. 

Three speakers will share their experiences of starting over, of times when change has grabbed them by the throat, of new directions. 

Come relax in the cozy surrounds of Smiths’ Alternative, grab a drink and enjoy the words! 


Joel Dignam

A proud university drop out, Joel is a community organiser, working to build the capacity of people to create change themselves. He moved to Canberra in 2013. He also maintains two blogs, and, where he writes electically about books, relationships, and community organising. 

Biff Ward

Biff is the author of the literary memoir, In My Mother’s Hands, which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Literary Prize for non-fiction 2015, long-listed for The Stella Prize 2015 and winner of the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award 2014 for non-fiction.

In 1984, her ground-breaking book, Father-Daughter Rape, one of the first in the world about child sexual abuse, was published in the UK and the US.

Sarah Mason 

Sarah Mason is a writer, teacher and  film-producer; she is represented by Literary Agents Curtis Brown and has written 1.75 books. Sarah has written for Lip Magazine, HerCanberra, Bands Music Action (BMA) Magazine, Curio and has recently been invited to become a contributor for blog, Mamamia. Sarah has also been published in several poetry anthologies including Eve’s Harvest published by Odyssey Books. Sarah was shortlisted for the ACT Writer’s Centre awards in 2014 and is passionate about humans, films, comfortable shoes and peppermint tea. 

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