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Subject and Self: Muslim Women Writers Talk
Code: SR20  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Fiction, Art & Design
Sunday, May 20 2012 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9824 1121
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Casula Road, Casula Venue & Transport Info
Randa Abdel-Fattah, Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini, Eugenia Flynn, Samah Hadid
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Can a writer determine her own expression? A diverse panel of Muslim women discuss self-determination and the critical process of writing. Randa Abdel-Fattah, Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini, Eugenia Flynn and Samah Hadid examine the process of freeing themselves from the stifling expectations often placed upon Muslim women in the arts.

This event takes place in conjunction with No Added Sugar, a visual arts exhibition of the Australian Muslim Women’s Arts Project. Exhibition and café open 10am to 5pm.

Presented with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Supported by University of Western Sydney.

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

Randa Abdel-Fattah knew she wanted to be a writer when, aged 10, she wrote her first book: a complete rip-off of Matilda. Since stealing ideas from Roald Dahl, she’s found her own voice and has written eight books: Does My Head Look Big in This?, Ten Things I Hate About Me, Where the Streets Had A Name, Noah’s Law, Buzz Off, The Friendship Matchmaker, The Friendship Matchmaker Goes Undercover and No Sex in the City. Randa is also a lawyer and human rights activist.

Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini (Australian)

Nasrin Mahoutchi has worked as an art and writing facilitator at various organisations and NGOs. She is a recipient of funding from the Australia Council for the Arts to facilitate writing workshops in Western Sydney for women and newly arrived migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds. Nasrin has used text from different languages to create an installation titled Invisible Map, which has been shown in Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and received international attention. Nasrin writes in Farsi and English.

Eugenia Flynn (Australian)

Eugenia Flynn is a Larrakiah, Tiwi, Chinese and Muslim woman living and working in Melbourne. Eugenia is the Student Programs Manager at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts at the University of Melbourne. Her thoughts on Indigenous politics and race matters within Australia have been recorded in a number of publications including Black Politics by Sarah Maddison and the article Recreating Community: Indigenous women and Islam by Peta Stephenson. Eugenia's own critical writing can be found mostly on her blog, Black Thoughts Live Here.

Samah Hadid (Australian)

Samah Hadid is a human rights activist and anti-poverty campaigner with ActionAid. She has been a former Australian Youth Ambassador to the UN and advised international organisations on minority and women's rights. She co-authored The Future By Us, along with several newspaper opinion pieces. Most recently she has campaigned on women's rights in Egypt and has interviewed young participants in the Arab uprisings. She is also an avid tweeter, online campaigner, aspiring playwright and performance artist.