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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT IS “my biggest secret”

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We’ve all got secrets. Maybe it's a real I-know-what-you-did-last-summer secret (what happens at Giant Dwarf, stays at Giant Dwarf). Maybe it involves kissing a best friend’s boyfriend, or sneaking out after curfew. Or maybe it’s liking being a certain age/weight/race (etc), even when society says we shouldn’t. Whether it’s a confession, confidential, or clandestine, this month at Generation Women, it’s time to spill!

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, five women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women’s voices and creativity. Our diverse line-ups will make you laugh, cry, and think. We’re a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages. 

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza

GIANT DWARF

199 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016

DOORS AT 6 pm, SHOW AT 7 PM

 

Our last show was Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT waS “What I Truly Desire”

Think a sexy story, or a story about sex that isn’t sexy at all. Or maybe passion: when you discovered it, or when it discovered you. Think your desire—for the physical, the emotional, the calorie-ridden, the overpriced: whatever makes you think I MUST MAKE YOU MINE. Or maybe a first kiss, or a last kiss, or the kiss that never was, or the kiss that was everything. Next year is all about desire: for whatever, whoever, whenever. It will be a truly sizzling evening.

Team 20s: Nina Oyama is a stand up comedian best known for her work on Tonightly and Utopia. In 2018, Nina wrote, directed and starred in a TV pilot called The Angus Project which you can watch on ABC iView now.

Team 30s: Ally Garrett has been writing and speaking on body politics and fat activism for the past decade, with her writing featured on platforms including The Guardian, Daily Life, Jezebel and ABC Life. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @allygarrett.

Team 40s: Julie Masters has spent a career decoding influence. Co-Founder of ODE Management, the world’s largest dedicated speaker management agency, with offices across the USA and Australia, Julie is now the Founder and CEO of Influence Nation. She works with business leaders and organisations to become the voice of authority in their space. She also hosts the newly launched podcast, Inside Influence, that dives into the nuts and bolts of how to own your voice – and then use it to drive a movement, a conversation, an industry or a nation.

Team 50s: Jacqueline Hellyer is an educator, speaker, author, blogger and sex and relationship guru who is influencing minds and bedrooms across the globe. In a world where fake sex sells anything but real sex is hard to know, Jacqueline brings her depth of knowledge, wisdom and genuine love to help people access their real, positive, life-enhancing sexuality, for greater well-being, closer relationships and happier lives. Her LoveLife Blog contains around 300 articles, all of which are available as podcasts on iTunes.

Team 60s: Moya Sayer-Jones is known for her insightful but tender thinking. She leads Only Human Stories, working with NFP’s to use their real stories to make a difference.  In her first career as a comic novelist and commentator, Moya observed the funny side of life for Australian women in the 20th century. (Yes, there was one!) And was well-loved as the original Modern Guru in the Good Weekend magazine. 

Team 70s: Shirley Randell is an award-winning global mentor, educator, trainer, author, company director, public speaker, change activist, ambassador, patron, and campaigner for gender equality and human rights. Dr Randell was recognised in the 2012 Inaugural Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards – global category, and 100 World of Difference Awardees – community category for 2013 by The International Alliance of Women. She is an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza

 

Our last show was Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT IS “THE ART OF RISK-TAKING

Team 20s: Moreblessing Maturure is a Zimbabwean/Australian inter-disciplinary artist, activist and Creative Director of FOLK Magazine. She has written, directed, produced and performed for stage and film including, Playwriting Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People, and the Sydney Theatre Company (STC). She is currently developing a play with the STC and a dramedy series, ‘Afrosistahs’ (2018) with the Information and Cultural Exchange. 

Sharing Team 20s: Ellie Hewitt works in digital media strategy for the ABC, using data to help plan audience journeys to discover content. Working primarily across Facebook and Google ads, she has worked on campaigns for Triple J and popular programs such as, War on WasteMystery Roadand Gruen. Ellie is passionate about women in business and has a side hustle hosting a weekly pub trivia night.

Team 30s: Anna Kochetkova is a Russian born Aussie, social media strategist and a Good Social Ambassador. She has been helping women grow and scale their businesses using Facebook Ads and social media for the last 10 years. Anna wants to shift the way we use social media to help businesses making a difference, cut through the market.

Team 40sDr. Jane Chi Hyun Park is a senior lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She works in Asian and Asian diasporic film and media and cultural studies. She is second-generation Korean American, grew up in the Bible Belt, was educated on the East and West coasts, and moved to Sydney in 2008.

Team 50s: Dee Smart is an internationally acclaimed painter and actor. She is an Archibald finalist for her work: ’The Mayor of Bondi’ (2017) and ’Lunch in the Outback’ (2018). One of her biggest risks was leaving Adelaide at 16, to pursue a dancing career at the Victorian College of the Arts Ballet school. Her career kicked off after starring in ‘Home and Away’ (1991). She is best known for her role in ‘Water Rats’ (2001) and recently, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (2018) directed by Mel Gibson.

Team 60s: Sue Woolfe is an internationally acclaimed, multi- award winning author of four novels: Painted Woman (1989), Leaning Towards Infinity (1996), The Secret Cure (2003),  The Oldest Song in the World (2012) and her latest collection of short stories, Do You Love Me or Not? (2017). She is a bookworm, a sleuther of neuroscience and Researcher in Creativity. Sue teaches her findings to her students at NIDA and at international writing retreats.Our last show was Friday, September 28, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Friday, September 28, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT WAS “LITTLE WHITE LIES”

We’ve all told them. And this month, we're inviting our performers to tell us their little white lies. Maybe it's a lie they were caught out in, or one they've maintained for years. Maybe it’s a lie they tell or told someone close to them, or a stranger… or even themselves. Why did they feel the need to lie? When we dig deep, what’s really going on there? And most importantly: what is their truth? This month at Caveat we want to know how you're REALLY feeling!

Special Guest: Georgia Clark is an author and screenwriter, and the founder of Generation Women. She wrote the critically acclaimed novels, The Regulars, and The Bucket List, as well as two Young Adult novels. She is currently developing The Regulars as a TV show for E!. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese.

Team 20s: Airlie Dodds is an actor known for her film roles in Book Week (2018) and The Furies (2018) as well as her TV roles in Hiding (2015) Ready for This (2015), Neighbours (2014-15) and Rake (2012). Airlie has performed in Flight Paths (2018) at Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Ivanov (2018), The Bleeding Tree (2017) and Australian Graffiti (2017) at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Team 30s: Alexandra Havas is an avid storyteller and black belt in Goju-ryu karate. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief at The QUO, an online media platform helping people and organisations change the status quo. In her spare time, she advocates for her LGBTQIA+ community and only uses her black belt if need be.

Team 40s: Susan Lennox was one of the first women to hold a senior operational position with BHP, working as a Superintendent where she was responsible for the Infrastructure at Cannington mine, the world’s largest single producer of silver, lead and zinc. A Mother and Grandmother, Byron Bay is her home base as she spends her time between travelling and studying a degree in Psychological Science.

Team 50s: Faith Agugu has worked as a professional model, a teacher at 'FBI Fashion College' and founder of the PR Company, 'Raw Fashion Agency'. Faith has a Bachelor in Social Science, majoring in Counselling and is the Director of her new business, 'The Healing Process'. Faith offers counselling, energy healing and mindfulness coaching to women tackling the challenges of midlife.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Friday, August 17, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "SCIENTISTS SMASHING THE GLASS CEILING'

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018 Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Team 20s: Kirsten Banks, a Wiradjuri woman, a physicist, an Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory, a passionate science communicator and an avid Twitter user.

Team 30s: Dr Nural Cokcetin, a microbiologist who studies honey, awarded best science communicator in Famelab Australia 2017, and self-confessed pun-lover.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Adriana Vergés. Her research focuses on marine ecology and conservation. She is interested in the ecological impacts of climate change and the conservation of the world’s algal forests and seagrass meadows, which are increasingly under threat. She has worked in tropical coral reefs and temperate ecosystems around the world with much of her research taking place underwater. Adriana's current project is Ocean Warming and the Tropicalisation of Temperate Marine Ecosystems, an investigation into the causes of climate-mediated declines of algal forests; seaweeds that support major fisheries and coastal recreation. The project provides innovative, multidisciplinary training for postgraduate students in experimental marine ecology, advanced molecular microbiology and physical oceanography.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Arti Agrawal, a physicist and Director of the Women in Engineering and IT programme at UTS. She is passionate about promoting diversity in STEMM, particularly surrounding race and sexuality.

Team 50s: Professor Jane Latimer, a medical researcher and STEMM advisor, working with the federal government and the Academies of Science to develop strategies to increase the representation of female research leaders in STEMM.

Team 60s: Professor Elizabeth Elliott is an academic paediatrician whose focus is improving health and emotional well-being for disadvantaged children through research, education and clinical care. This includes Aboriginal children in remote communities, children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, those living in immigration detention and in low-middle income settings. Elizabeth's research has been incorporated into government policy and influenced clinical practice, advocacy and education. She is a champion for gender equity in medicine and STEMM.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "nature vs. nurture'

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Team 20s: Georgia Grace is a sex educator and intimacy coach. She aims to bring mindfulness to sex and empower people to love their sensuality through intimate, authentic and fun connections with self and others. She offers coaching for individuals, couples and groups and help people to meet or reclaim their sensual identity. With training in direct experiential learning, Georgia applies a client-centred approach to educate and support people to become more aware of their bodies, sex and sexuality.

Team 30s: Wendy Mocke is a Papua New Guinean NIDA Acting graduate and an emerging playwright. She is a resident writer at Jute Theatre Company (Cairns) and in August this year, Wendy will be undertaking an Artist Residency program at the University of Sydney in work that she has created & developed.

Team 40s: Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs. She has also worked on staff at The Guardian in London and The Australian Financial Review, as well as contributing to numerous other publications including Gourmet Traveller and Marie Claire. In 2016 she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist and was nominated for a Walkley Award.

Team 50s: Kathy Kelly is an Inspirational speaker and advocate for self-harm prevention, violence prevention such as “The One Punch Law” as well as the “Financial Hardship Program” for victims of domestic and non-domestic violence. After experiencing unimaginable tragedy, she draws on her resilience and strength to empower others; the ultimate gift.

Team 70s: Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than eighty books for young people. Translated and adapted for stage and screen,her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. Her most recent awards include the Alice Award, 2014 for a body of work, and the Asher Literary Award, 2017, a peace prize.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "MY SLIDING DOOR MOMENT"

Decisions: we make a bunch of 'em every day (gym or nap? seltzer or wine?). Most are small. Some are bigger. And over the course of a lifetime, some are quite literally life-changing. This month, we explored the one decision that changed our lives, forever.

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Team 20s: Yve Blake, award winning playwright, composer and musical comedian. She is known for ‘FANGIRLS’ (2019) Barbican Centre, London. ‘Women of the World Festival’ (2018) Southbank Centre, London. ‘Lie Collector’ (2015) The Vaults Festival, London. ‘THEN’ (2014) Australian New Zealand Festival.

Team 20s: Teniola Komolafe, a photographer and art director. Teniola runs the photography house, TENIKOM and has had work in Vogue, Edge Agency and Workshop Australia.

Team 40s: Nicole T. Harcourt Voychak, entrepreneur, life coach, best-selling author as well as a mother, daughter, sister and wife. Nicole runs ‘Sanctuary Housing’, purpose built shelters for women escaping domestic violence and homelessness. She is the author of ‘A Divergent Path’ published by Difference Press, a No. 1 bestseller in the US, UK & Aus. Nicole believes she holds the true answer to a happy fulfilling life:- coffee, red wine and a dedicated scream space.

Team 50s: Bem Le Hunte, international best-selling author and Creative Intelligence expert. Author of The Seduction of Silence (2000), There, Where the Pepper Grows (2005), Heads Up (2011) and Dandelions and Helicopters (2012).

Team 60s: Karen Stanton, a Physical Education Teacher from Byron Bay. Karen has worked as a dancer, choreographer, director, actor, painter, business woman and writer. Karen describes herself as a hippy and runway. Karen is a Burlesque Performer at London’s Soho Club, a mother of five and a grandmother.

Team 60s: Uma Kali Shakti a director/writer/actor/stage-manager/producer/filmmaker. Uma tutors at the Martian Embassy with Sydney Story Factory. She is a lifelong social justice and human rights warrior, is of kiwi of Fiji-Indian descent, a member of the Jerrinja Wadi Wadi South Coast Koori community and identifies as a Blak/Wog Disabled Dyke Elder.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "time’s up"

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Storytellers include actor Chika Ikogwe (literary manager of the Sydney Theatre Company), Polly Rowe (author and poet), Fiona Wright (writer and social commentator), Jane Caro (entertainer) and Lillian De Los Reyes. Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Monday, December 11, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "my first time saying no"

For the kickoff event, guests will be regaled with stories on “my first time saying no” from a carefully curated line-up that includes: Team 20s: Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy, Kiki and Kitty), Team 30s: Sarah Oakes (Gourmet Traveller), Team 40s: Jacqueline Maley (Sydney Morning Herald); Team 50s: Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi, On the Jellicoe Road) and Team 70s: Eva Cox (Humanist of the Year)

Hosted by Georgia Clark