These women get strength from word power
THE future of feminism and the marriage equality vote were just two of the topics at a sold-out session of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival.
The four-day festival features more than 50 renowned writers and poets celebrating the written word around Hobart.
Based primarily at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, the event showcases writing through talks, masterclasses and activities.
In a session with Melbournebased writer Clementine Ford and award-winning Tasmanian authors Tansy Rayner Roberts and Danielle Wood yesterday, the “Strong Women” panel discussed why feminism is not a dirty word.
“My definition for feminism is usually spawned from the obnoxious question of whether or not feminists hate men — feminism is not about whether or not women hate men, it’s about women knowing that they don’t have to hate themselves,” Ms Ford said.
The program for today, the final day of the festival, includes sessions with New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Grieve and awardwinning Tasmanian illustrator and author Christina Booth.
HERE TO TALK: Writers Clementine Ford, left, and Tansy Rayner Roberts spoke at the Tasmanian Writers Festival.