Michael Mohammed Ahmad / Clementine Ford / Lauren Rosewarne / Celeste Liddle / Belinda Rule
In the March episode of the revived Meanjin podcast, SWEATSHOP director and author Michael Mohammed Ahmad reads from his short story ‘No Toes’ (from Meanjin Spring 2017) and discusses the themes of toxic masculinity and the culture of Western Sydney’s Punchbowl High School with Meanjin editor Jonathan Green.
Poet Belinda Rule transports us to the stark and beautiful tableaus of construction which surround us in her poem ‘Industry, Melbourne‘ (from Meanjin Autumn 2018).
And a panel featuring three of Australia’s most prominent feminist thinkers—Clementine Ford, Celeste Liddle and Lauren Rosewarne—gets to the heart of the questions posed by the #MeToo movement: why now, what next, and how can we best harness this momentum for intersectional possibilities?
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of SWEATSHOP, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed’s essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories.
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.
LAUREN ROSEWARNE is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of nine books and co-hosts ‘Stop Everything!’ on Radio National.
CELESTE LIDDLE is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Currently serving as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser of the National Tertiary Education Union, Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feministin June 2012. A mere six weeks after she started it, Celeste had a piece picked up for publication by Daily Life and since then has written for a number of publications.
BELINDA RULE is a Melbourne-based writer and poet who has published extensively in Australian journals and anthologies.