Message from Michaela
Welcome to the 2018 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, our seventh annual event!
In programming the previous SHWFs, I have always made a point of having a fairly even mix of male and female authors each year. However, this year, I have decided to use the Festival platform to respond to the #MeToo Movement. So for the first time, we will be celebrating an all-female line up of authors.
At her recent appearance at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard commented in relation to #MeToo: “I think this gathering wave is going to be remembered as one of the big moments of feminism”.
Rather than exploring the sometimes divisive elements of #MeToo, we will be celebrating gender equality and viewing the world from a female perspective.
With this year’s raffle, we will be raising funds for Share the Dignity; this wonderful Australian charity distributes sanitary products to homeless women and fights for the rights of domestic violence victims.
Tickets are selling fast, so I urge you to book soon!
I look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival.