Interview with Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. But she finds there are important things in life that she can’t ask for and she learns that she isn’t alone in this. In her new book, she explores and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of the Art of Asking

Highlights of the Art of Asking. Presented by the Sydney writers festival and recorded live at the Enmore theatre, 20th January 2015:

Featuring Tara Moss, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Sxip Shirey.

Interview with Australian of the Year Rosie Batty

When two young men lose their lives in drunken assaults in the space of a few weeks, governments declare ‘Enough is enough’, and enact strict regulation to prevent another incident. But despite one Australian woman being killed by a current or former partner every week, family violence doesn’t attract anywhere near an equivalent amount of airtime, or popular outrage.

Rosie Batty awed Australians with her eloquence and compassion after her 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his estranged father in February 2014. In the intervening year she’s shown that that extraordinary resolve was no fluke, as she’s worked tirelessly to encourage a conversation about family violence in Australia – one that might help us work out what we can do to stop it.

Rosie Batty’s 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his father Greg Anderson at cricket practice in Tyabb in February 2014. She has since become a domestic violence campaigner and has eloquently spoken out against family violence. She was named Victorian of the Year in October 2014, Daily Life Woman of the Year 2014 and was recently awarded Australian of the Year 2015. Rosie Batty awed Australians with her eloquence and compassion after her 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his estranged father in February 2014. In the intervening year she’s worked tirelessly to encourage a conversation about family violence.

Here Rosie tells her story and is interviewed by Patron of the Full Stop Foundation Tara Moss.

Unless we take action, our goals on child survival will not be met

In the years I have been involved with UNICEF I have become closely connected to the stories of mothers and parents in Australia and around the world. As a patron of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative I have met women for whom access to health care has given them the confidence to raise healthy, happy children through the first days and months of life, at times against incredible odds. But I’ve also heard the first hand stories of the impact for mothers and families when those same, vital health interventions are not as readily available or accessible. The data tells the story without emotion – poor or absent health care can and does result in deaths.

Interview with Mona Eltahawy

Tara Moss interviews Egyptian-American activist and journalist Mona Eltahawy about the situation for women in the Arab world, her controversial essay ‘Why Do They Hate Us?’ and her experience of being assaulted as a protester in Tahrir Square.

Interview with activist Ilwad Elman

We grabbed All About Women speaker Ilwad Elman for a backstage interview with Tara Moss at the festival. Watch Ilwad discuss the issues facing her home country of Somalia, what she’s doing to help, and why she left a comfortable life in Canada to do so.