Media releases

VU writers join in Williamstown Literary Festival

Victoria University (VU) is taking part in the 2013 Williamstown Literary Festival. This is the tenth anniversary of the festival and VU has been a supporter since its inception.

On Saturday 1 June, VU's Natalie Kon-yu, will join Christie Nieman, Maya Linden, Maggie Scott and Miriam Sved, who are top exponents of the craft of Writing Female Friendship – arguably a lit genre all its own. You can join this engrossing panel discuss "Just Between Us: Writing Female Friendship" as they explore secret women's business in print.

Also on Saturday 1 June, you can join four well known VU writers for a discussion on "Breaking Stereotypes in Fiction". Sherryl Clarke (Chair), Jennifer Lee, John Weldon and Michael Hyde will ponder the questions: How do we write and read ourselves in fiction – is it a reflection, a validation, or a way of understanding other points of view and experiences? And how does that relate to gender roles and expectations? Or are we locked into stereotypes, whichever way we go?

Award winning writer Sherryl Clark will also be launching the Poetrix Special Issue 40. After 20 years of publishing the best of Australasian women's poetry, this is a huge double issue of selected and new poems.


"Just Between Us: Writing Female Friendship"

Saturday 1 June. 1.30-3.30pm – Library Quiet Room


"Breaking Stereotypes in Fiction"

Saturday 1 June. 4-5.00pm – Council Chamber


Media Contact:

Andy Gash

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University

+61 3 9919 4502; 0411 255 900; [email protected]

See all media releases