An artist, poet and storyteller who has been called ‘the Millennial Oprah’ by New York magazine, Cleo Wade believes in promoting change through positivity. Known to many through her extremely popular Instagram account, she uses her media profile to advocate for a greater future for women, people of colour and the LGBTIQ community. Cleo sits with Sara Mansour to chat about her career and her book, Heart Talk, a collection that offers inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras and affirmations. Supported by the City of Parramatta and the Department of Family and Community Services.

Cleo Wade (International)

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Cleo Wade is an artist, poet and author of Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life. She contributes regularly to W Magazine, Teen Vogue and has presented at New York University, Columbia University and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has been named one of America’s Most Influential Women by Marie Claire and ‘the Millenial Oprah’ by New York magazine.

Sara Mansour (Australian)

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Sara Mansour is a recent law graduate who co-founded Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) in February 2013. BPS has grown to be the largest regular spoken word event in the country, attracting an average of 300 people per month. After growing up in Punchbowl, Sara has been heavily involved in community work and the arts since BPS' inception, performing locally and internationally, facilitating workshops and featuring on numerous panels. In 2016, she programmed and executed 'Real Talk'- a project that delivers free spoken word workshops to students across seven Western Sydney high schools. Her work was recognised at last year's inaugural Out There Summit where she accepted the Pemulwuy Prize 2016 from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on behalf of BPS' contributions to the Western Sydney community.