In 2016, Cristy founded the Feminist Writers Festival to support and promote feminist writers in Australia by hosting a biannual feminist writers festival and a range of one-off events throughout Australia. FWF builds on existing themes and voices around feminism and women’s writing by offering a space for critical engagement and practical support for all feminist writers and readers.
Our inaugural festival took place 2016, and brought together feminist writers and readers to connect and strengthen the diverse writing communities that exist around Australia. The 2016 Feminist Writers Festival comprised a sold out networking day, and five public events, co-hosted by the Melbourne Writers Festival.
In 2017, we held a series of eight one-off events around Australia, with events including panels, workshops and in-conversations in locations including Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Lismore.
In 2018, the FWF received a grant of $50,000 from the Victorian Government to continue our work in promoting gender equality. The first 2018 festival will be held in Victoria from 25-27 May 2018.