Clementine Ford — The Turning Point
ON THE SHOW
In episode 3 of the Meanjin Narratives podcast, Clementine Ford reads her essay from Meanjin’s Winter 2018 edition. ‘The Turning Point’ begins with the author reflecting on an abuse of power that was done to her as a child, and goes on to explore the wider culture of systemic misogyny and oppression in historical and contemporary times, as well as the pervasive influence of sexism in popular culture. Ford examines the #MeToo movement and wonders whether, as a protest against the values of President Donald Trump and galvanised by the fall of Harvey Weinstein, we might have reached some kind of turning point.
Clementine Ford is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and author of the best-selling book Fight Like A Girl. Her follow up, Boys Will Be Boys, will be published in October 2018.
Shu-Ling Chua — Through the Looking Glass
ON THE SHOW
In episode 2 of the Meanjin Narratives podcast, Shu-Ling Chua guides us through her journey of sexual awakening. ‘Through the Looking Glass’, published on the Meanjin blog in January 2018, is part memoir, part literary criticism.
This thought-provoking, arresting piece incorporates the influence of formative texts upon the author’s relationship with her lover and ultimately, her own identity through the process of self-discovery and sexual exploration.
→ Shu-Ling Chua ‘Through the Looking Glass‘ from the Meanjin blog in January, 2018.
→ Thanks to How the Night Came for use of their track ‘Reflection‘ licensed under CC BY 3.0
→ Thanks to Leah Jing for use of her photography.
Shu-Ling Chua is a writer of memoir and criticism, who focuses on sex, culture, femininity and growing up. Her work has appeared in Feminartsy, Peril Magazine and Scum Mag, among others. She is working on a collection of essays on coming of age as a young Asian-Australian woman and is a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.
Omar Sakr — Any Percentage of a Heart Is Still A Heart
ON THE SHOW
In our first Meanjin Narratives episode, writer and poet Omar Sakr reads his remarkable essay ‘Any Percentage of a Heart Is Still A Heart‘ from Meanjin’s Autumn 2018 edition. In this piece, Sakr uses a conversation between himself and his cousin about his own bisexuality to frame a wider discussion about Australia’s controversial 2017 same-sex marriage postal survey. Sakr delves into the fallout of the survey on the LGBTQI community, his own status as a queer Arab-Australian man in Australia, and his complex relationship with western Sydney.
Omar Sakr is an Arab-Australian poet. Published in English, Arabic and Spanish, his poetry is featured in national and international journals. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe award.