Tara Moss in conversation with Paul Barclay

Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, Queensland 4101

Join us for the launch of The Fictional Woman and hear author Tara Moss in-conversation with ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay.

Tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including ‘author’, ‘model’, ‘gold-digger’, ‘commentator’, ‘inspiration’, ‘dumb blonde’, ‘feminist’ and ‘mother’, among many others. Now, in her first work of non-fiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women.

She traces key moments in her life – from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work – and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media. Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss’s own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.

6-8pm

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The Fictional Woman at the University of Western Australia

Octagon Theatre, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009

Tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including ‘author’, ‘model’, ‘gold-digger’, ‘commentator’, ‘inspiration’, ‘dumb blonde’, ‘feminist’ and ‘mother’, among many others.

Now, in her first work of non-fiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life – from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work – and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the underrepresentation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media.

Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss’s own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.

This event is suitable for persons aged 16+.

This event contains adult themes.

6:30-7:30pm.

Tickets $20-39. Book now.

Writing Bodies

Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

“…body I am entirely, and nothing else; and soul is only a word for something about the body.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Writing can be caricatured as an ethereal, aloof business: minds communing with minds. But what of bodies? Some of the most memorable writing is fleshy: it includes skin and blood, orgasm and eczema. It appeals to readers who sniff, touch and listen. And writers too are bodies: who swim, jog, box and meditate; who are performers on stage and in pictures. This session with Damon Young, Irvine Welsh and Tara Moss explore bodies in fiction and philosophy: bodies in writing, and bodies who write. Chair: Lawrence Hill.

4:30-5:30.

Free event.

The Madonna–Whore and Other Fictions

Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, NSW

Gold-digger, dumb blonde, mother, inspiration… There are so many labels given to women throughout their lives. How does the way women are treated in society affect us all? Both women and men are invited to hear Tara Moss, Nakkiah Lui, Emma Donoghue and Kate Ceberano as they examine the common fictions about women. Expect a challenging and entertaining discussion with compere Tracy Spicer as they take on old fictions, one woman at a time.

3-4pm.

$25/$20 Bookings 9250 1988, tickets.sydneytheatre.org.au

Celebrating The Fictional Woman

Simmer on the Bay, Shore 2/3, 13 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Tara Moss has been branded with many labels, but behind the words stands a strong woman with her own story to tell. Part memoir, part feminist essay, The Fictional Woman explores what it means to be a woman in the modern world. It’s time to shed the fictions and talk facts. Join Tara Moss and her friends in a celebration of this new break-through book, including an ‘in conversation’ between Tara and journalist Julia Baird, with music by DJ Sveta. 18+ event.

6pm-8pm.

Supported by The University of Sydney.

Free event, bookings essential, email: rsvp@harpercollins.com.au

Opening Event: Varuna Program and Black and Blue Exhibition Launch

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba

Join us to toast a great new Festival program and a powerful new exhibition at our free opening event. Tara Moss launches Black and Blue, featuring poetry and illustrations inspired by dark stories and legends of the Mountains, from the Black and Blue group. This will be followed by the launch of the Varuna-Sydney Writers’ Festival Program. This free event is presented in partnership with the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers House.

Free event.