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August 26, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Women to the Front panel

Discussion ‘Out of the Shadows’, as a female writer in this modern climate hosted by Rebecca Lister with Alicia Sometimes, Marieke Hardy and Shalini Kunahlan.

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Alicia Sometimes is an Australian poet, multimedia artist and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Age and many more. She is director/co-writer of the art/science planetarium shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave. Alicia’s TedxUQ talk in 2019 was about combining art with science. In 2021 she completed the Boyd Garret residency (City of Melbourne) and a Virtual Writer in Residency for Manchester City of Literature. In 2023 she has received ANAT’s Synapse Artist Residency and has co-created an art installation for Science Gallery Melbourne’s upcoming exhibition, Dark Matters.

Marieke Hardy is a curator, screenwriter, artist, and producer. She has penned columns for The Age, The Drum, and Frankie magazine, and written for many television shows, including Laid, Barons, The Family Law, Heartbreak High, and Seven Types of Ambiguity. She was co-curator of international literary salon Women of Letters and a regular panelist on the ABC’s Book Club for 11 years. She is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fellowship and currently co-curates monthly spoken word event Better Off Said.

Shalini Kunahlan is a marketing leader in publishing with 15 years of experience and counting. She’s currently the Head of Marketing for Hardie Grant Publishing’s largest imprints, Hardie Grant Books and Explore. She has a deep passion for understanding audience motivations, copywriting, creative thinking and possesses multichannel marketing skills across brand, strategy, development and execution. As a proud Malaysian-Australian, with Sri Lankan Tamil Heritage, she is a dedicated and active participant in promoting and building diversity outcomes in the industry. She was the inaugural Australian book industry rising star in recognition for my work across the above.

Rebecca (Beck) Lister is an award-winning playwright, arts producer, MC and social worker.   She is the Co-artistic Director of arts company Anvil Productions and the Director of Education and Psychosocial Programs at Eating Disorders Victoria. Rebecca is the monthly MC of intergenerational storytelling show Generation Women.  Her book, co-written with Tony Kelly, ‘Growing Pineapples in the Outback’ published by University of Queensland Press was launched in 2020. Beck lives and works on Dja Dja Wurrung country.

Price: $ $60 / $50 Includes Breakfast


Frangos Hotel Function Room
82 Vincent Street, Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia


Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.