These women get strength from word power

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - JES­SICA HOWARD

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.

Pic­ture: MATHEW FAR­RELL

HERE TO TALK: Writ­ers Cle­men­tine Ford, left, and Tansy Rayner Roberts spoke at the Tas­ma­nian Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

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