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Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard discusses her most recent book Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons, co-written with economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She explores the influence of gender on women’s access to positions of leadership and the perceptions of them as leaders. The conversation is hosted by Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom and was recorded on 13 February, 2021.

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Festival Guest Curators

Join us in welcoming four guest curators to the festival team. They will collaborate with director Rosemarie Milsom to help shape the 2021 program: 

Kirli Saunders is the First Nations curator. She is a proud Gunai Woman and an award-winning writer and teacher. Her poetry collection Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. In 2020, Kirli was the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

Claire Albrecht will focus on poetry. She is completing a PhD in Poetry at the University of Newcastle. Claire is also a 2020 Varuna ‘Writing Fire, Writing Drought’ fellow. She founded and runs the monthly Cuplet Poetry Night, which features local, interstate and international artists.

Laura Kebby and Amy Lovat are our emerging curators. They are the Newcastle founders of Secret Book Stuff, a social enterprise that Amy started in 2017. They collaborate with charities and non-profit organisations to get books into the hands of people in need and have organised more than 50 book-inspired events.  

These short-term positions have been funded by Create NSW.

Newcastle Writers Festival acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi peoples as custodians
of the land on which we live and work. We recognise the continuing connection to land,
water and community. We pay our respects to elders – past, present and emerging.

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