In a night of storytelling, performance and spinning turntables, four women explore their experiences with sex and grief, morphing genders, moving countries and taking back their lives. Join Faith Chaza, Eda Gunaydin, Peta Murphy and Chloe Higgins for drinks, a laugh and a cry in a unique event featuring women from Finishing School, a collective of women writers based in Parramatta. Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Faith Chaza (Australian)

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Faith Chaza is a reluctant adult. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, Faith now finds themselves in Sydney learning how to be a real person. Data wrangler by day, Faith spends their down time creating music and, on occasion, playing with words. Some of their work can be found in Itch and Aerodome. Faith is an Associate Director at Finishing School.

Eda Gunaydin (Australian)

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Eda Gunaydin is a writer and researcher. She is a 2016 CAL WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellow, and writes about class, race and the Turkish diaspora. She has been shortlisted for the Monash University Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize, the Scribe Non-fiction Prize for Young Writers, and written for Voiceworks, The TJ Eckleburg Review, and the University of Sydney Anthology.

Chloe Higgins (Australian)

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Chloe Higgins is the founder of Wollongong Writers Festival, and recently stepped down as Director to focus on her Creative Writing PhD. She was the 2016 Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Emerging Writer-in-Residence and the Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Resident at Varuna and a WestWords Fellowship recipient. Her work has appeared inSuburban Review, Prowlings, Lip mag, Tertangala, ZPlatt, and Kindling. In May 2017, she was named the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Memoir Prize. She was raised in Western Sydney and currently lives between Western Sydney, Wollongong and backpacker hostels around the world.

Zarlasht Sarwari (Australian)

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Zarlasht Sarwari is a PhD Candidate at Western Sydney University in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her research involves exploring the transnational and intersectional dimensions of Afghan Australian identities. She has formerly undertaken roles within government and the higher education sector but currently focusing on research and writing. She recently received a fellowship with Lost In Books to work on a bilingual picture book. She is currently also working on a novel about the lives of Afghani-Australian women and is being mentored through The Finishing School program.

Felicity Castagna (Australian)

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Felicity Castagna is the author of the multi award-winning novel, The Incredible Here and Now and its stage adaptation which will premiere at The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. Her collection of short stories Small Indiscretions was named an ABR book of the year. Her work has appeared on ABC Radio and TV as well as in many national journals and newspapers. Her next novel, No More Boats will be released in June 2017. She holds a PhD from Western Sydney University and teaches creative writing all over Australia. She hosts the storytelling night Studio Stories at The Parramatta Artists Studios.